Updated 5:16 p.m., Sept. 3
Game declared no contest: http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=28633
Social media provided another news gem early Sunday (Aug. 31).
It was then I noticed on my Twitter feed that the previous night’s college football game between Florida and Idaho in Gainesville, Fla., had ended just after it began, shortly before 10 p.m. Severe weather was to blame. The scheduled 7 p.m. start never happened, and the game was deemed unplayable after just one play, a Gators kickoff return.
But the real story is, what next? And the fact that there has been no announcement as of this posting (9/3/14) shows that there is no easy decision. Money? Of course it’s an issue.
- If the game is canceled, the Gators still would be on the hook for some if not all of an estimated $975,000 payout to Idaho. Common for a big-time team to use such an inducement for a supposedly inferior team to become victory fodder.
- If the game is rescheduled for Oct. 25, an open date for both teams, it would mean the Gators would not have an off week before the annual Southeastern Conference bash with Georgia, which would maintain its open date on that day. Not likely that Florida would want that.
- The game could be rescheduled for after the SEC title game (Dec. 6). The Gators (4-8 in 2013) want to be in that title game. But they were 4-8 in 2013, so it would be a long shot.
However, a Facebook friend of mine commented that if Florida cancels the game, it might end the season with five victories, one short of bowl eligibility. After all, Idaho was chosen supposedly because it would go into the “W” column.
So it would appear that replaying the game in December would make more sense. Then again, the Gators and Idaho have the final say. Stay tuned.
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