SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has received many questions about the postponement of the LSU-Florida game in Gainesville, and the league’s lead man answered some during Saturday’s Tennessee-Texas A&M game on CBS.
Sankey joined Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson via phone at the beginning of the second quarter.
“This game needs to be played, Gary, and we need to work to find a way to do that,” Sankey said. “This conference often describes itself as a family. A family has points of tension. I certainly understand the angst and frustration. I have my own level of angst, but we need to come together to play a football game and find the best way to do that.”
Danielson pressed Sankey on why games have been played in Miami and other locations impacted by Hurricane Matthew but not in Gainesville, where the weather turned out to be quite nice on Saturday.
“Each of those is their own unique set of circumstances,” Sankey explained. “There’s a point at which you need to make some decision. Thursday afternoon that storm was strengthening. It was passing north of Miami by projection and Gainesville was well inside the hurricane zone. Emergency personnel were being pulled away that could staff that football game, and we have to remember that security issues and demands are very different today than they were a year ago. We didn’t know how players’ families would be impacted … and you had a bunch of evacuees who were moving from the coast to the Gainesville area.”
Sankey said several factors differed between Gainesville and Columbia, which will host the Georgia-South Carolina game on Sunday after a one-day postponement.
Danielson pressed for a timeline on a decision about rescheduling the LSU-Florida game, but Sankey declined, saying that he hopes to continue to move the process along efficiently.
You can watch the full video of the in-game interview here:
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey with the latest on the status of the postponed LSU-Florida game: https://t.co/C5AJfxXhKN
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