After the 2013 season, Indiana paid South Florida $500,000 to dump the Bulls from the Hoosiers’ 2015 and 2016 schedules and replace them with a home-and-home series with FIU that’s a net loss of $800,000 to Indiana (and a net gain of $800,000 to FIU).
So why did Indiana make the swap? According to the Indianapolis Star, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass told the paper: “I think the nonconference schedule for football last year was tougher than it needed to be. It’s more art than science, but as I reflected on the ’13 schedule, I started looking at the schedule further out to see what we could do.”
South Florida had just gone 2-10 in 2013. FIU was 1-11. Each team was 4-8 in 2014.
▪ Saturday will be FIU’s third game against a team from the state of Indiana, second game in the state of Indiana and first against an FBS school from Indiana. In the inaugural season of FIU football, 2002, Butler came to South Florida and administered a 42-0 thrashing. The Panthers lost at Indiana State, 13-10, the following season.