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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee was ready to forfeit to No. 3 LSU if Saturday night's game in Baton Rouge had not been rescheduled for Monday night because of Hurricane Rita.

    Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said Friday the No. 10 Volunteers were prepared to take such action "if we felt like it would be unfair to our student-athletes and not safe for our student-athletes."

    Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive said Thursday the game would be moved for safety reasons. LSU officials preferred to have the game Saturday or Sunday.

    "We will now face significant logistical challenges, but we hope for the continued cooperation of our fans," LSU athletic director Skip Bertman said. "Naturally our strong preference would have been to play during the weekend, but safety for student-athletes, fans and everyone else involved in a football game was the overriding factor for the commissioner."

    LSU's season had already been affected by Hurricane Katrina. The season opener was postponed and a home game against Arizona State two weeks ago was played in Tempe, Ariz.

    The LSU campus has been used as a temporary hospital, shelter and morgue, and some players have had relatives staying with them to escape the storm and its aftermath.

    "This is another turn in the road for this football team. It's something that we have gotten used to over the past month," LSU coach Les Miles said. "I think we'll respond very well. The players are excited about getting the opportunity to open the home season on Monday night. I expect our fans to pack Tiger Stadium just as if the game were being played on a Saturday night."

    Rita was headed toward the Texas-Louisiana coast and forecast to make landfall late Friday or early Saturday. Baton Rouge was under an inland tropical storm warning through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

    Hamilton contacted the SEC office earlier this week to talk about the potential for problems related to the storm. The Vols had planned to fly to Baton Rouge on Saturday morning because of a lack of hotel rooms. Now they will travel Monday morning.

    When Rita's path turned more to the north and east, Tennessee pushed harder for a change.

    Hamilton did not want to put off making a decision until Friday because a group of student managers and trainers was scheduled to travel to Baton Rouge by bus Friday morning.

    Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer was against having the game on Saturday and advocated moving it to the end of the year.

    The SEC checked into making the conference championship game in Atlanta a week later to accommodate a Tennessee-LSU game at the end of the regular season, but there was a scheduling conflict with a convention, Hamilton said.

    Tennessee did not favor playing Sunday because the weather could still be a problem. The final option was to cancel the game.

    "With the No. 3 team in the country and the No. 10 team in the country, we felt like it was an important game that needed to be played," Hamilton said.

    Playing on Monday means both teams will have less time to prepare for next week's games. The Tigers travel to Mississippi State while Tennessee hosts Mississippi on Oct. 1. [/b][/quote]
    You're being fucking dramatic. You own a TV and an air mattress. That's not exactly what I'd call "a lot to lose."

  • #2
    I have a hard time believing that the SEC (or UT's attorneys) would ever let that forfeit stand if it came to pass. UT may not have anybody at that game now.
    June 9, 1973 - The day athletic perfection was defined.


    • #3
      "You can't spell Citrus with out 'UT'"

      Sorry folks. I couldn't resist.
      RIP Chris Jones 1971-2009
      You'll never be forgotten.


      • #4
        Or Outback.
        June 9, 1973 - The day athletic perfection was defined.


        • #5
          QUOTE(tallahassee blues fan @ Sep 23 2005, 02:40 PM) Quoted post

          Or Outback.

          Even better.
          RIP Chris Jones 1971-2009
          You'll never be forgotten.