UF notebook

Game date for Florida-Idaho up in air

 

Miami Herald Writer

Florida and Idaho university officials continued to discuss options to reschedule Saturday’s suspended season opener.

Gators athletics director Jeremy Foley expects a decision in the next two days, but he refused to offer specifics on any potential outcome.

“We'll know something here [Tuesday] or Wednesday at the latest,” Foley said. “I know our fans have a lot of questions, and we’ll get answers to you as soon as we can. … There’s just a lot of different moving parts there.”

Florida is scheduled to pay Idaho $975,000 for the game, but the contract has cancellation clauses and the money guarantees aren’t due until Feb. 1, 2015.

Neither Foley nor coach Will Muschamp would commit to rescheduling the game on Oct. 25, when both teams have a bye. That would be the week before the Florida-Georgia game. They also wouldn’t discuss canceling the game.

“We're not going to speculate on speculation,” Foley said. “When we have those answers, we'll discuss it.” Where we end up, I'm sure there will be a million questions about where we end up. So just let us end up where we end up and then we'll go from there.”

Ultimately, the two universities have four options, with a reschedule date or a “no contest” decision the two most likely outcomes.

Muschamp was not particularly thrilled with idea of losing an important bye week, but he said it’s his job to coach the team and leave the decision-making to the higher-ups.

“Both teams have a bye week, so it’s important for both teams,” Muschamp said. “I can’t really say other than [we’d] have an opportunity to prepare a little extra for an Eastern Division opponent.”

In a bit of a twist, Vandals coach Paul Petrino said the game could be made-up in December, per Dave Southern of the Idaho Statesman.

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