LSU-Florida conflict: Winners and Losers

South Alabama athletic director Joel Erdmann has perfectly handled the schedule conflict created by Hurricane Matthew.

That’s more than I can say for everybody involved from the SEC side. Here are the winners and losers in the controversy, which should have been so simple to navigate.

Loser: Florida. Jeremy Foley in one of the great athletic directors in league history, but he bungled this situation. Whether it was his intention or not, Foley made his football program appear scared to compete against LSU. The refusal to try to play the game on the originally scheduled weekend also cost the Gators two home game this season.

Loser: Greg Sankey. The SEC commissioner has done a good job overall. But he can’t escape the criticism that he should have been stronger and intervened more quickly so the game could have been played last weekend, just as the Georgia-South Carolina game was.

Loser: LSU. Yes, the Tigers brokered a deal to not have to play three SEC road games in 13 days, but they still lost a home game against South Alabama.

Winner: South Alabama. Of course the Jag players and coaches wanted to play in Baton Rouge. The trip has even been used as a recruiting tool. But in addition to the $1.5 million buyout, South Alabama has received a huge amount of publicity this week. Plus, there will be a chance to reschedule a game in the future in Baton Rouge.

For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.