SEC Commissioner: LSU-Florida game "needs to be played"

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The Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey is adamant that the LSU-Florida game that was postponed indefinitely because of Hurricane Matthew needs to be made up.

Sankey, in a phone interview with CBS Sports during its broadcast of the Tennessee-Texas A&M game on Saturday, said the conference needs to come together to figure out a solution for making up the game to maintain the integrity of the conference.

"We need to come together, that's the reality," Sankey said. "We all have responsibility because this affects the whole conference."

The game would have been played Saturday in Gainesville, Florida. After the game had been postponed, Florida's athletic director Jeremy Foley said the team did not want to travel to LSU because it did not want to put trucks on the road during the evacuation or pull away deputies that should be helping elsewhere during the storm.

Sankey noted that South Carolina was able to reschedule its game against Georgia for Sunday because it did not affect or displace evacuees. 

The commissioner would not speculate when the LSU-Florida game may or may not be rescheduled.

Some have noted Nov. 19 as a possible make-up date, when both teams are playing non-conference teams. They could buyout those games and play the more important conference game. Sankey said there were numerous options.

As of Saturday, Florida is No. 2 in the SEC east, and LSU is No. 3 in the SEC west. If the game is not played, the SEC championship's credibility could take a hit.

South Carolina and Georgia will play Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Williams-Brice Stadium suffered minor damage from the hurricane.

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