Florida and LSU will play on Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to make up for the game between the two that was scheduled for Oct. 8 in Gainesville, Florida, but postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Matthew.
While the situation has since been resolved with LSU not having to lose a home game this season, emails from the week of the postponement decision show the frustration of LSU athletics staffers -- including athletic director Joe Alleva.
Emails obtained by WBRZ in Baton Rouge via public records request show Alleva calling the decision to postpone the game "a joke." One staffer responded to Alleva's comments that "this is a joke" by asking, "Florida would want to play as much as us, would they not?"
Alleva responded by explaining his thoughts on why the Gators would want to avoid playing the game to gain an advantage in the SEC East over Tennessee.
"No way if they lost they would lose the east," Alleva replied. "Their schedule [is] easier than Tennessee if they wanted to play, we would be playing here or there."
Alleva's concerns over Florida's desires to cancel the game altogether were shown to be misguided as Florida eventually gave up the home game this year to play the game in Baton Rouge and ensure the Tigers would not lose a home game themselves by canceling the South Alabama game.
Frustrations over the canceled game aren't shocking, but it is a bit surprising to see the athletic director going the conspiracy theory route with emails that you would expect to see on a message board somewhere -- plus, we learned later that Florida and LSU would have been disqualified from SEC championship consideration had they not made the game up.