Fox Sports Radio host Clay Travis said Friday that he thought Florida allowed its game against LSU to be canceled to give itself a better chance to win the SEC East. Gators QB Luke Del Rio didn’t appreciate that.
Travis said Friday on Fox Sports Radio that he thought the Gators waited out the process and forced the SEC to cancel the game, knowing that doing so would give them a better chance of making it to the SEC championship game.
“Why in the world can they not play this game on Sunday or Monday?” Travis asked. “Right now, it seems self-evident to anybody I think with a functional brain that Florida is using the hurricane as an excuse to try to advance their own opportunities to win the SEC East by playing one less game against a top opponent. And that’s shameful.”
Theoretically, the Gators could go undefeated for the rest of SEC play and finish 6-1 in the conference if the game against LSU is not rescheduled. Then they could make it to Atlanta ahead of Tennessee if the Vols finished 6-2 in conference play because they would have a higher win percentage in SEC games.
Del Rio heard Travis’ segment, and he wasn’t having any of it.
— Luke Del Rio (@Ldelrio12) October 7, 2016
Mississippi State associate AD Jay Logan pointed out that rescheduling the game for a day or two later is a much more complicated process logistically than it sounds.
“Just because the weather’s good (on game day) does not mean that everything is good elsewhere,” Logan said. “People need hotels. Food and water. There may be people still without power. There may be people who need some basic necessities because they’ve been relocated from wherever they are. And people may be able to move back into their homes and have no issue, but there are a lot of people who may not be, and some of the people working the games may be having to take care of those people.”
LSU AD Joe Alleva said Friday that the game was “not going to happen” despite the Tigers’ offers to host the game and help the Gators with travel and other logistics. While some reported that Florida offered to reschedule the game for Nov. 19, when Florida and LSU play non-conference games against Presbyterian and South Alabama, respectively, Alleva said that was a “flat-out lie.”