LSU AD Joe Alleva penned a letter to Tiger fans explaining why LSU’s postponed game against Florida was rescheduled and relocated to Baton Rouge.
Alleva argued that the economic effect of losing a home game in Baton Rouge, a city still dealing with the aftermath of major flooding earlier this year, would have been unacceptable.
He went on to praise head football coach Ed Orgeron and ask fans for their support in 2017 as the Tigers play more games on the road to help pay back Florida for its lost home game.
Read the entire letter, published on LSU’s official athletics web site, here:
Dear Tiger Fans,
There will be a lot of talk about how the LSU-Florida game came to be played in Tiger Stadium.
Hurricane Matthew created an unfortunate situation requiring the October 8 game to be postponed. Having lived through many hurricanes, we at LSU are relieved that the Gainesville area was spared the harshest parts of the storm. We wish those impacted along the Atlantic Coast by Hurricane Matthew a safe and rapid recovery from the storm’s effects.
Football schedules are made years in advance and it is difficult to reschedule a postponed game. After extensive deliberation, the University of Florida agreed to play the 2016 game in Baton Rouge on November 19, while LSU agreed to play the 2017 contest in Gainesville.
We felt it was important to the local economy to have a game in Baton Rouge. Many of the Tiger faithful endured a 1,000-year flood, and every game is a much-needed opportunity for an economic boost to our region.
This decision does not come without implications to LSU Athletics. Next year, our team will need your support as they will play more games on the road than usual. This means our economy and the Athletic Department will miss out on expected revenue opportunities. This was all part of the give-and-take between the two universities.
With everything our community has endured over the past few months, it is critical that we play seven home games this season, and we’re pleased that the Tigers will play host to an SEC matchup on November 19. That game will also mark the final home appearance for our senior players, and we will hold a special tribute to them prior to kickoff.
Speaking of the Tigers, how about their performance in Ed Orgeron’s LSU head coaching debut against Missouri? Coach O and his staff had the Tigers prepared to perform at a premium level, and the 42-7 win featured 634 yards of total offense – the most-ever by LSU in an SEC game.
We’ll look forward to seeing you this Saturday night in Tiger Stadium when Coach O – our very own “Bayou Bengal” – leads the Tigers against Southern Miss!
As always, we welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately we cannot answer every e-mail we receive, but please be assured they are all read.
Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics