It took a while but the University of Florida finally made the right decision and cancelled its foolhardy plans to host LSU for a football game with a possibly destructive storm heading its way. The school announced today that it wouldn't be happening and didn't even promise to hold it later this season. Multiple reports said it won't be played at all.
It's actually kind of disconcerting that it took this long for the change to be made. Sure, it's SEC FOOTBALL but Hurricane Matthew was just upgraded to a category 4. Everybody else is trying to get the hell out of there and it was damn reckless to not call it off. That Louisiana governor David Vitter had to write Florida governor Rick Scott a patronizing but necessary letter to help facilitate it is absurd enough.
"Again, unless you and the UF Athletic staff want to end up on a segment of ESPN's 'C'mon Man,' I urge you to work with the Athletic Department at UF to reconsider hosting this weekend's game in Gainesville."
All he probably should have written was: "What the hell?"
Even more absurd: Florida's campus is closed for a week starting today, when the storm is expected to make landfall. LSU offered to host the game and made preparations to house Florida and it's traveling party in Baton Rouge, according to Geaux247, but Florida turned that down and just decided to shut it down instead.
The teams can find a way to reschedule if Florida actually needs he game to win the SEC East. (The fun idea circulating on Twitter is that each team should just buy out their respective mid-major opponents on Nov. 19 and play the game then.)
The game is the most high-profile event to be cancelled on account of the hurricane. MLB teams that have their instructional league down in Florida have canceled the rest of their schedules, and the NFL is working on contingencies for Titans-Dolphins in Miami and Bucs-Panthers in Charlotte as well.
South Carolina hasn't decided to move its game against Georgia Saturday night just yet, for some reason. Despite evacuations ordered for the state and Governor Nikki Haley saying that state troopers won't be available to work the game because, you know, they are needed for actual emergency work.
Here's an idea, South Carolina, just follow the advice of Bryan Norcross from The Weather Channel: