The decision Florida and Idaho fans have been waiting for has been made: the teams will not make up the canceled game from Aug. 30 this season.
In All Kinds Of Weather had the scoop on the game’s status early.
I’m hearing Florida-Idaho will not be rescheduled. The #Gators will play an 11 game schedule.
— InAllKindsOfWeather (@AllKindsWeather) September 3, 2014
Florida later confirmed the news, stating that the game was ruled a “no contest.” The following via GatorZone:
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.
“We looked at a number of options and, in the end, we both thought it was in the best interest of our student-athletes and football programs to play out the remainder of our respective schedules as they stand,” Foley said.
Florida will also pony up the $975,000 for Idaho and refund tickets for fans who purchased them through the Gator Ticket Office.
While it could seem like the Gators are taking a hit in the short term, it’s a good move for the long run. Florida keeps smaller teams willing to sign contracts comfortable, fans who spend their hard earned money traveling to Gainesville happy, and the national perception of the brand among the elite. It’s a solid marketing decision by Foley that will payoff.
For more information on obtaining your refund, visit GatorZone.