GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With this year’s Florida-LSU rivalry now postponed, the two schools and the SEC will try to play the game at a later date.
One option is Nov. 19, when the Gators and Tigers have non-conference matchups scheduled against Presbyterian and South Alabama, respectively.
The SEC could pay for both contract buyouts and use its lost-revenue insurance policy for LSU losing a home game.
“Those conversations will all be handled within the league,” Gators athletics director Jeremy Foley said Thursday. “The University of Florida is 100 percent behind whatever scenario they can come up with that allows this game to be played. If the 19th is one of those dates that allows it to work, the Gators will be there.
“If there’s some other scenario out there that I have no idea what the league may be working on, we’re going to be 100 percent behind playing. It’s not an issue about Florida not wanting to play LSU. I think and I hope everybody understands that.”
Foley said the buyout for the Presbyterian game would be a little less than $500,000, but a Florida spokesman said that figure is not official. The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger reports the South Alabama buyout is $1.5 million, and that LSU makes around $3 million per home game.
So the SEC and its insurance policy would have to potentially account for $5 million in total.
“The money is not an issue,” Foley said. “Can it be worked out? Those are conversations you probably need to hold with the Southeastern Conference. If it can be worked out, we will be thrilled and excited and ready to play that football game.”