LSU-Florida Gators game rescheduled for Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge
The Florida Gators and LSU will play after all.
The Tigers will host UF on Nov. 19, the SEC announced Thursday. The announcement was first reported by WSPA.
Thursday's announcement comes a week after the SEC postponed the UF-LSU game because of Hurricane Matthew. The rivalry matchup had been scheduled for last Saturday in Gainesville.
UF loses two home games in the arrangement - the LSU game and a previously scheduled Nov. 19 game against Presbyterian. UF's buyout to cancel the game is about $500,000, and LSU will pay $1.5 million to cancel its game against South Alabama.
"The conference office asked us to find a solution in working with LSU," Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement, "yet LSU was never a true partner in our discussions."
The Tigers were adamant about getting a home game on Nov. 19.
"It was important for us to come to a resolution," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. "Each university had its own set of concerns throughout this process, however existing SEC regulations did not provide an avenue to resolve conflicting issues in a more timely manner. As I have repeatedly said, this game needed to be played. In the end, I want to give credit to the University of Florida for making concessions to move this year's game to Baton Rouge."
UF will host LSU in 2017 and 2018.
"As I've said all along - we will play anyone, anywhere, anytime," UF coach Jim McElwain said in a statement. "I think I've made that pretty clear. The Gators never run from anyone or dodge anyone."