KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Last Thursday, Tennessee coach Butch Jones adamantly declared that Florida and LSU “have to play that football game” after the SEC showdown was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.
With East Division implications at stake, Volunteers fans are irate over the possibility of losing a potential tiebreaker to the Gators on an obscure conference bylaw despite winning the head-to-head matchup three weeks ago.
Jones echoed similar sentiments on radio last week, but Tennessee’s fourth-year coach changed his tune a bit Monday, saying he’s solely focused on his team’s upcoming matchup against No. 1 Alabama and believes league commissioner Greg Sankey will “make the right decision.”
Ultimately, many folks think the SEC will not allow either LSU or Florida to reach the conference championship by playing one fewer league game than their conference counterparts.
“In terms of the Florida-LSU game, that’s out of my control,” Jones said.
“I’m more concerned right now on Alabama, with preparing this football team. I have the utmost confidence in commissioner Sankey, that he will make the right decision for the Southeastern Conference and all its members.”
The Volunteers (5-1, 2-1 SEC) are looking to get back to Atlanta for the first time since 2007.