Some LSU officials weren’t happy with how the SEC handled trying to reschedule the Tigers’ game with Florida.
In emails released by WBRZ, LSU staff was shown to be frustrated with how the SEC treated the postponed Tigers-Gators game. As mentioned in the report, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva had an email exchange, dated Oct. 6, with someone named Blake Chatelain. (There is a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors named R. Blake Chatelain.) This is where things get interesting:
“… If they lose they would lose the east. Their schedule is easier than Tennessee (sic) if they wanted to play we would be playing here or there,” Alleva wrote after Chatelain questioned why Florida would want to avoid a game with the Tigers.
Chatelain wrote, “Florida would want to play as much as us… Would they not?”
Alleva initiated the conversation with Chatelain by writing, “This is a joke” when he forwarded news of the SEC announcing the Georgia-South Carolina contest had been delayed a day for the storm.
“What a joke,” Michael Bonnette, the communications director for LSU Athletics, chimed in.
WBRZ’s Investigative Unit gained the emails as part of a public records request. As mentioned in the report, LSU provided 77 emails, with most of them featuring “mundane chatter about athletic business.” The report states that few of the emails “expressed any unusual amount of anger or frustration over the game being moved to Baton Rouge much later in the season.”
The LSU-Florida game originally was scheduled for Oct. 8 in Gainesville, but it was postponed because of concerns related to Hurricane Matthew. Eventually, it was rescheduled for Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge.
Florida is 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the SEC, a half game ahead of Kentucky for the SEC East lead. LSU is 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the SEC.