Florida vs. Idaho Season Opener Canceled Due to Inclement Weather

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Florida vs. Idaho Season Opener Canceled Due to Inclement Weather
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Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3

Gator Zone provides the latest information on the cancelled Florida vs. Idaho game:

University of Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley and University of Idaho Athletics Director Rob Spear have agreed that Saturday night’s game has been declared a no contest and that not rescheduling the game is the only viable option for both programs.    

The two schools, however, have agreed to schedule a game in Gainesville for the 2017 season on a date to be determined later.

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Florida will fulfill the terms of the contract between the two schools and pay Idaho its $975,000 guarantee by February 1, 2015, as outlined in the agreement.

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All fans who purchased a ticket through the Gator Ticket Office to the season opener vs. Idaho will be given a full refund of the single-game ticket price that they paid for the game.

 

Updates from Sunday, Aug. 31

Florida updated the timeline for a decision on the status of the cancelled game:

 

Original Text

While the rest of the country kicked off the college football season on Saturday, Florida and Idaho will have to wait to get started.

The nonconference game was delayed several times due to harsh weather conditions until it was eventually canceled, according to Anish Shroff of ESPN:

ESPN provided a look at the lightning outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium:

While the game was originally slated to begin at 7 p.m. ET, thunderstorms caused an extended delay while the teams waited in the locker rooms. The game actually got underway with a Florida kickoff return, but another lightning strike once again halted the action.

Landon Watnick of Rivals.com described the only play of the game:

After the game was officially called off for the night, Mark Long of The Associated Press provided the details on the next step for both sides:

Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press pointed out how the money factor could affect the decisions:

Assuming the game is not rescheduled this weekend, Florida will instead begin its season on Sept. 6 with a home game against Eastern Michigan. 

After losing the last seven games last season to finish an alarming 4-8, the Gators will likely want as many "easy" games as possible before starting a much more difficult conference schedule in the SEC. Considering Idaho finished last season with a 1-11 record, Will Muschamp's squad was not expecting this matchup to be much of a challenge.

For the Vandals, this cancellation could end up costing the school a big payday, depending on how the situation is worked out.

 

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