Hurricane Matthew Florida

A traffic light hangs in an intersection as Hurricane Matthew moves through Jacksonville, Fla. Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Hurricane Matthew spared Florida's most heavily populated stretch from a catastrophic blow Friday but threatened some of the South's most historic and picturesque cities with ruinous flooding and wind damage as it pushed its way up the coastline. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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With many in Baton Rouge disenchanted with the University of Florida's handling of their scheduled game with LSU this weekend, that's the last thing on the Gators' minds. 

In fact, players' families aren't much paying attention to the furor, according to a column by Kyle Tucker for SEC Country

“It’s not like somebody’s trying to duck out of a game. It’s safety first. It’s not about football," said Rick Wells Sr. in the column, the father of Florida's receiver with the same name. "You would be doing the kids a disservice if you’re thinking about football right now.”

The decision not to play the game came after Florida declined options to play in Baton Rouge, or possibly delay the game until Sunday or Monday.

Concerns also arose over possible SEC standings issues should the game not be made up, which sources have indicated is a likely outcome. 

“I just want our fans to know and everyone to know that LSU made every attempt to try to play this game,” LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said in a press conference on Thursday.

 

Tucker's column continued to reason against believing the decision was anything other than what was necessary ahead of a potentially devastating storm. Despite Hurricane Matthew's weakening and a diminished impact on Gainesville itself, it's not time for media members to begin pointing fingers. 

"That’s really missing several key points about logistics and the Gators’ home city being an evacuation site and that pesky problem of not being able to predict the future. ... It’s also missing a heart," wrote Tucker in his column. 

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