South Alabama to host Presbyterian Nov. 19
The Gators’ game with LSU was rescheduled to Nov. 19, the day the Jags were meant to travel to Baton Rouge. Athletic director Joel Erdmann announced Saturday that the Jags coordinated a makeup with Presbyterian, Florida’s opponent on that date, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
“In this unique situation, there is nobody else out there,” Erdmann said Friday on the Opening Kickoff.
He said the biggest concern for the Jaguars was the fact that this may hurt their chances of getting to a second bowl game. NCAA rules say only one FCS win counts toward bowl eligibility.
“We’re trying to determine the status of that,” he said. “If they are not, is it wise to play FCS for us?”
Erdmann said South tried every possible change to keep LSU on the schedule, including moving homecoming.
“We didn’t take that suggestion lightly, because it would impact many, many people and many, many programs,” he said. “We did, in the discussions to maintain the game in Baton Rouge, offer that we would move our homecoming game from October to November. That was given to the SEC, but at the end of the process (Thursday) afternoon, LSU made the choice to just buy the game out.”
For cancelling its game, LSU will be paying South $1.5 million. Fortunately, ticket holders won’t be paying anything for the new game.
“Jaguar season ticket holders will receive their current seats on account at no additional charge but must call the South Alabama Athletic Ticket Office or come in person to the Mitchell Center Ticket Office beginning Monday, Oct. 17,” according to the press release from USA Athletics.
“In addition, season ticket holders will receive their allotted parking passes for Ladd-Peebles Stadium only when they redeem their tickets for the contest,” the press release said. “500 parking passes will be allocated to USA students through the Student Center on the week of the game.”
Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $10.