LSU stands its ground on Florida make-up game

Josiah Powell
Navy’s Josiah Powell runs back an interception while teammate Micah Thomas celebrates Saturday against Houston.
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Who knew that Nov. 19 would become such a contentious date in this college football season?

That Saturday has been seen as the most likely option for making up a game that Louisiana State and Florida missed because of Hurricane Matthew.

But on Monday, LSU insisted — again — that it will not buy out South Alabama, which had been previously scheduled to play at Tiger Stadium that day.

“What I said the other day about this game being very difficult to reschedule is still true,” Athletic Director Joe Alleva told reporters. “One thing that we’re going to hold very firm on is that we have a home game Nov. 19 and … we’re not going to change that situation.”


Also on Monday, East Carolina announced that its Thursday game against Navy will have to be postponed because of an impending hurricane-related crest along the Tar River in Greenville, N.C.

That isn’t great news for the No. 25 Midshipmen, who are riding a wave of momentum after upsetting Houston last weekend.

Yet Navy has agreed to shift the game to — you guessed it — Nov. 19.

“We are thankful for our colleagues at the U.S. Naval Academy for their compassion and understanding to assist us with this situation,” East Carolina Director of Athletics Jeff Compher said. 


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