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The college football game between the Louisiana State Tigers and the Florida Gators scheduled for Saturday in Gainesville has been postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.

A statement from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Office said that the schools and SEC explored other date and location options, and LSU offered to either travel or host the game over the course of the weekend.

It was ultimately determined that the likelihood of damage from the storm, lack of available emergency personnel and the uncertainty of the impact of the storm on people, facilities and travel necessitated a postponement.

“We had a very productive phone call today with a great spirit of cooperation between the universities’ presidents and athletics directors and it became clear that the University of Florida could neither host nor travel to a game this weekend considering the circumstances,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “The developments of the hurricane in the last 24 hours, the projected magnitude of its impact and the unknown aftermath of this storm have resulted in this decision to seek another date to play the LSU-Florida game. We have to be sensitive to the possible imminent disruption to the state of Florida and in particular the Gainesville and surrounding area.”

“The timing of this storm on a Friday and the uncertainly of its aftermath in the ensuing days make it particularly difficult to project the conditions for the remainder of the weekend as well as the opportunity for travel of teams and fans to or from Gainesville and other cities in Florida. I am appreciative of the cooperation of our universities on this matter.”

The SEC Office said it will work to reschedule the game later in the 2016 season if possible.

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