Florida, Idaho Will Not Reschedule

The Florida Gators and Idaho Vandals will not reschedule their game, and both schools will play only 11 games this season.

The game was suspended last Saturday night after heavy rain and lighting.

UF athletic director James Foley made an announcement regarding the matter.

“We looked at a number of options and, in the end, we both thought it was in the best interest of our student-athletes and football programs to play out the remainder of our respective schedules as they stand,” Foley stated.

Florida will pay Idaho the $975,000 that was agreed upon in their contract. The two programs were against rescheduling the game on October 25, which was when both teams scheduled a bye and the week before the Gators’ annual rivalry game against Georgia.  They discussed possibly playing the game in December but in the end, a “no contest” was the best solution. 

Instead, the game will have to wait until 2017 when the Vandals return to Gainesville, hoping to actually play.

“I want to thank UF, especially AD Jeremy Foley, for the professional and first-class way they worked through this issue and the focus on student-athlete welfare,” Idaho Athletic director Rob Spear stated. “It was not in our best interest to play 10 consecutive weeks without a bye week. We look forward to our return to Florida in 2017.”

The Gators will open up their season against Eastern Michigan this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. Idaho travels to Louisiana-Monroe and kickoff will take place at 6 p.m. ET.

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