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.
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.
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:
For those asking, we still don’t have any answers about last night’s game. Lots of things to work through.— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) August 31, 2014
When we have any new information available, we will pass it along.— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) August 31, 2014
There will be no decision regarding the status of the Florida-Idaho game today (Sunday) #UFvsIDA— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) August 31, 2014
We should know more about the status in the next two or three days. #UFvsIDA— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) August 31, 2014
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:
Tonight's game between Idaho- and Florida has been "terminated due to unsafe and unplayable field conditions and inclement weather."— Anish Shroff (@AnishESPN) August 31, 2014
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:
Possibility the only play we see tonight is Valdez Showers' 64-yard kickoff return into the red zone. We'll see. #Gators— Landon Watnick (@LandonWatnick) August 31, 2014
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:
Idaho, Florida have two options: call the game for good or try to reschedule— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) August 31, 2014
And if the game gets rescheduled, it would be a new game. Gators would NOT start at the 14-yard line— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) August 31, 2014
Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press pointed out how the money factor could affect the decisions:
Wondering if those 10 seconds cost Florida $975,000 -- Idaho's guarantee for tonight. (If it does, that's an hourly rate of $351 million.)— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) August 31, 2014
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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