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Fate Of UI-Florida Game Undecided

Florida's Valdez Showers, left, is forced out of bounds by Idaho cornerback Jayshawn Jordan (4) and safety Bradley Njoku (2) after a 66-yard kickoff return during the openingminutes of an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

It took less than four hours for lightning and rain to wash out the University of Idaho’s football season opener at Florida on Saturday. Settling on a makeup date – or some other resolution – will stretch into at least a third day. Idaho athletic director Rob Spear said discussions continue and he was hopeful an agreement would be reached with Florida officials sometime today regarding both the status of the game and the $975,000 that had been contractually due the Vandals. “We’d like to reschedule the game,” Spear told The Spokesman-Review on Monday, “and the most obvious day is Oct. 25 – but there is not a lot of interest on either side for that date.” Both schools have open dates that Saturday. But that would force the Vandals to play on 11 consecutive weekends before their other bye, on Nov. 22. And it would cost the Gators a strategically placed bye before their important Nov. 1 game against Georgia/John Blanchette, SR. More here.

Question: Should this game be re-scheduled?

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