GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For the past week, several national media members accused Florida of dodging the LSU game.
Boy, do they look dumb now.
The Gators not only took the lead in the rescheduling process, but they gave up their second home game of the season to travel to LSU on Nov. 19.
News flash: UF isn’t scared of the unranked, 3-2 Tigers.
“I’ve been surprised about that all week … I never understood that rhetoric,” Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley said Thursday. “I think it’s evident that the University of Florida is not afraid to play anybody. I think this decision is kind of indicative of that because we’re going to Baton Rouge.”
Florida will cancel its Nov. 19 home game against Presbyterian in order to make the trip to LSU, which was scheduled to host South Alabama on that date. The contract buyouts for those games will be $1.5 million for LSU and less than $500,000 for UF.
As Foley exited his press conference Thursday, a reporter told him the narrative will now be that the Gators were afraid to play Presbyterian.
“You can tweet that out,” he said.
Florida coach Jim McElwain was also appalled by the notion of purposely using Hurricane Matthew to avoid the Tigers.
“I’ll go play them anywhere. I don’t get where all this is coming from,” McElwain said Wednesday. “The one thing we never do is back down, and if you understand the circumstances you understand what occurred. But to ever think we wouldn’t play them anywhere, that’s ridiculous.”