With regard to the Florida-LSU re-scheduling, Greg Sankey’s problem is that he can take the reservation, he just doesn’t know how to hold the reservation.
Meanwhile, Greg Sankey’s tenure as SEC commissioner is threatening to go up in smoke like a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. First, he lets himself have terms dictated to him by Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley. Now, he has an open rebellion on his hands with LSU and Alleva, an uprising that by SEC bylaws he is powerless to suppress.
According to SEC rules, the commissioner can cancel or postpone a game. But once it is postponed, he needs the cooperation of both schools to get it played.
As we’ve seen, Georgia has put its foot down about moving the Cocktail Party. And if repetition is any indication, it seems that Joe Alleva won’t be moved on the second fallback date.
“What I said the other day about this game being very difficult to reschedule is still true,” Alleva said Monday ahead of interim coach Ed Orgeron’s weekly press luncheon. “I think it’s very difficult. One thing that we’re going to hold very firm on is that we have a home game Nov. 19 and we’re going to have a home game on Nov. 19. We are going to have a home game on Nov. 19. We’re not going to change that situation.”
All that would seem to indicate Sankey has two options left: convince Florida to play in Baton Rouge on November 19th, or move the SECCG a week later to let the two teams play on the first Saturday in December. I strongly doubt Foley will agree to the former, and as far as the latter goes, that would mean postponing the CFP and bowl announcements and rearranging the Georgia state high school football finals set for Dec. 9-10 at the Georgia Dome. Does anyone see Jim Delany throwing Greg Sankey a bone here?
Which brings me back to what I believe Sankey’s Plan A is right now, namely, wishing for Florida to lose another conference game and hope like hell Tennessee stops the bleeding for good after playing Alabama this week. If neither happens before November 19, I’d hate to be something that has to pass through the commissioner’s sphincter, because that sucker is gonna be tighter than a gnat’s arse.