If LSU was playing any other opponent, this complication wouldn’t have been brought up at SEC Media Days, but it was.
On Monday, Ed Orgeron was asked what would happen if the season-opening matchup between LSU and BYU — with a start time of 8:30 p.m. CT in Houston — drags out until Sunday?
The reason this scenario came up was because the Cougars, who are affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, do not schedule games in any sport on Sundays. The university has a written policy that forbids any athletic competition on what is seen as a day of worship.
“I think that that will be held up to the referees. I will let them make that decision,” Orgeron said. “It has been discussed within the realm of our assistant coaches. Yes, it has, but that’s out of our hands.”
Although Orgeron seemed unclear as to what would transpire, BYU spokesman Brett Pyne had a concrete answer for Yahoo! Sports via email.
“Yes, the game would be finished if it pushed late,” Pyne wrote. “A game involving BYU that starts on Saturday will be played to its completion if it happens to extend past midnight.”
Still, there was more than enough justification for the question. BYU has always had a firm stance when it comes to this, making it known to the Big 12 and all other Power 5 conferences that it wouldn’t compete on Sundays despite its desire to join one of the major leagues.