In news that surprised many, the SEC elected to postpone Saturday’s scheduled game between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers in Gainesville, Fla. As of right now, the game has not been rescheduled, but it hasn’t officially been cancelled either.
Coming off the news, LSU interim head football coach Ed Orgeron and director of athletics Joe Alleva will hold a press conference to address and give context to the news. Alleva will speak first, followed by Orgeron. We will be updating this live blog with quotes as they come. Be sure to keep up with this post for news as it is said. The presser is scheduled to begin at 5:55 CT.
- First, my thought and prayers go out to all the people in Florida. We in Louisiana know what it’s like to go through storms and floods.
- I just want our fans to know that LSU made every attempt to play this game. We offered to go to Gainesville on Sunday. We offered to fly in Sunday night. We offered for them to come here Saturday or Sunday. Ultimately the decision was made by the league office and you have to respect that. You have to respect safety. Our players wanted to play the game. I personally wanted to play the game. That’s kind of where we are right now.
- I’ve had no contact with anybody about rescheduling this game yet. I want to make that very clear. No contact about rescheduling the game yet. We’ll do everything we can about helping the relief efforts in Florida.
- Going into the future, I have full confidence in Coach Orgeron. I’m looking forward to the next games.
- My first conversation with Jeremy [Foley] was on Tuesday and he was very confident that we could play this game. And then today, it all just fell apart. At the end of the day, they were worried about safety. Their campus is closed. Safety is the main issue. Police have other duties they have to do. It was their home game. But at the end of the day, the commissioner’s office has the final say.
- I think that there should be some plans in place prior to today. There could have been plans put in place that this game could’ve been handled differently.
- There’s really not a lot of opportunities to make it up. It would be very difficult to give up a home game to make up this game. It would be very difficult.
- The commissioner was on the conference calls. Those words [the game must be played in Florida] were said and there was no argument.
- Their whole concern was safety. There’s a lot of safety issues. There were no police. So I’m sympathetic to what he said. We were willing to go there. We had a plane. We had buses. We would’ve done anything to play the game.
- [On Nov. 19] There’s been no conversation at all with anybody about rescheduling the game yet.
- [Monday] really wasn’t discussed, but to be quite frank, we would’ve made that happen at Tiger Stadium on Monday.
- All I could do was offer opportunities. That’s all I could do, and plead and beg and try to make it happen.
- We changed our practice schedule. We worked on fundamentals, and I think we might’ve had our best practice. They were disappointed, but we had a great practice. We’re going to move forward and prepare for the next game.
- This is an unfortunate situation. It was a great SEC matchup, one that we looked forward to. But we’re not going to let that get in our way. We’ll shrug it off and move forward.
- My job is to coach this football game. Whatever Joe and them tell us to do, that’s what we’re going to do. We’ve just got to take care of the task at hand. That’s something out of our control. I know this: Our football team will be ready to play next Saturday.
- It was like Christmas day and there were no Christmas presents. I felt like I let them down with the news.
- As soon as we found out, we had a team meeting and then we had a special meeting and then we put guys on the road [for recruiting] immediately.
- This is the first time this has happened in my career that I can remember.
- Leonard Fournette is “questionable”
And that will be all. Thanks for following along.