LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, Board of Supervisors athletic committee chairman Blake Chatelain and team spokesman Michael Bonnette were among a trio of university officials fuming behind the scenes as the SEC considered how to handle LSU vs. Florida as Hurricane Matthew approached.

Emails obtained by WBRZ-TV show Alleva and Bonnette each calling the situation “a joke.”

In part of the email exchange, Alleva forwarded Chatelain an email in which the Southeastern Conference announced that weekend’s game between South Carolina and Georgia would be postponed a day.

“This is a joke,” Alleva wrote to Chatelain, who replied and asked Alleva if he thought the Gators wanted to play as much as the Tigers wanted to play.

“No way,” Alleva wrote, “if (Florida) lost they would lose the (SEC East).”

Alleva continued, pointing out Florida’s remaining schedule was easier than Tennessee’s, seemingly giving the Gators an easier path to the SEC title game. The Volunteers defeated the Gators, 38-28, on Sept. 24.

“If they wanted to play we would be play here (in Baton Rouge) or there (in Gainesville),” Alleva wrote.

“Very frustrating,” Chatelain responded.

WBRZ reported Bonnette also joined in the exchange, saying “what a joke.”

On Oct. 6, two days before the game was scheduled to be played, the SEC announced it was postponed indefinitely. On Oct. 13 -- in a surprising turn of events -- Florida agreed to travel to Baton Rouge on Nov. 19 to make up the game that was scheduled to be played Oct. 8.

Florida wanted the Tigers to travel to Gainesville on Nov. 19, but Alleva refused to lose a home game and force his team to play three SEC road games in a 13-day span to close the season. He also declined to move the South Alabama game to Oct. 29, the Tigers' traditional open date before the clash with Alabama.

LSU must play at Florida in 2017 and 2018.

The fiasco began Oct. 4, when discussions began among Florida, LSU and SEC officials as Hurricane Matthew turned toward Florida’s Atlantic coast. Alleva offered multiple scenarios to play the game during two days' worth of discussions ahead of the decision to postpone, less than 48 hours before kickoff. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley declined all requests and did not consider a neutral site, standing firm on his position that the game would be played in Gainesville on Saturday.

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A few days after a decision was finalized, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey subtly barbed Alleva.

“I’ve been concerned since Monday (Oct. 3) when lines (were) drawn in the sand,” Sankey told The State newspaper Friday following a meeting with the South Carolina board of trustees in Columbia, South Carolina.

“It is difficult to come to conclusions,” he said later, “when we’re publicly stating lines in the sand. We can’t do that.”

The decision capped a frenzied several days in which the SEC, Florida and LSU drew criticism from across the country.

Advocate sports columnist Scott Rabalais labeled the resolution a “bitter compromise,” adding “it sure didn’t have to happen this way.”

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