The postponement of LSU’s game at Florida allowed Ed Orgeron to do what he loves most of all: recruit.
The Tigers' interim coach visited at least nine New Orleans-area high schools Friday, and he planned to watch St. Stanislaus quarterback and LSU commit Myles Brennan play Friday night in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Meanwhile, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva continued to strongly insist that the game between LSU and Florida is unlikely to be rescheduled, and he expects to speak with the league office regarding the effect a canceled game could have on the Southeastern Conference standings.
Winning percentage determines the SEC championship game representatives from each division. If LSU were to win out and finish 6-1 in the conference, the Tigers would not advance to the SEC title game over a West Division team with a 7-1 league record — even one they had beaten. On the flip side, if Florida finishes 6-1 in the conference and Tennessee is 6-2, the Gators advance to the title game as the East's representative — even though the Volunteers beat the Gators last month.
“I think it’s going to have to be a topic of discussion,” Alleva said Friday morning on 104.5-FM’s Culotta & The Fan. “I think that winning percentage is something that’s going to have to be discussed.”
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An SEC official declined comment on the issue Friday.
In convenient timing, the 14 SEC presidents are expected to meet Sunday and Monday in Atlanta for their yearly conference — an opportunity, potentially, for LSU President F. King Alexander to push the issue with SEC commissioner Greg Sankey and other league officials.
As for rescheduling the game, that remains unlikely.
“I think it’s going to be very difficult,” Alleva said Friday. “It’s going to be very difficult. The scenarios I see down the road would require some serious changes in schedules.”
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Those scenarios are becoming clear. The College Football Playoff and bowl schedules prevent the league from shifting the SEC championship game back a week, leaving just two options for a makeup date: Oct. 29 or Nov. 19.
On Oct. 29, Florida is scheduled to play Georgia in the schools' annual rivalry game in Jacksonville. LSU is scheduled to be off that weekend, the usual open date ahead of its meeting with Alabama. Florida and Georgia share an off week Oct. 22, leaving open the possibility to move their game to that date and have LSU and Florida play the next week. The logistics of such a move — just two weeks out — is complicated, though.
On Nov. 19, both teams host nonconference squads, but LSU is unlikely to agree to drop an opponent, lose the home game revenue and play what would be three straight SEC road contests in a 12-day span, ending with a Thanksgiving night game at Texas A&M.
As of Friday afternoon, there had been no discussions on a makeup date. There were no discussions of a makeup date during two days' worth of conference calls among SEC, Florida and LSU officials, Alleva said Thursday and an SEC source confirmed to The Advocate.
“We’re just going to have to take care of the task at hand. Whatever comes forward, we’re going to take care of the task and go forward,” Orgeron said when asked about standings ramifications. “That’s something out of our control. Whatever happens, happens. I know this — that this football team will be ready to play next Saturday. I promise you that.”
LSU hosts Southern Miss at 6:30 p.m. next Saturday in Tiger Stadium.