They're known as body-bag games in the college football trade. A pummeling for a paycheck. But now the Idaho Vandals will get the paycheck without having to endure the pummeling.
For more on the termination of the Idaho-Florida game, follow the link to the jump.
Vandals athletic director Rob Spear and his Florida counterpart, Jeremy Foley, agreed to call Saturday's suspended season opener "no contest" after being unable to settle on a date for rescheduling that both parties could live with this season.
--- What the two schools did agree on was the financial settlement -- Idaho will collect the entire contracted guarantee of $975,000 -- and to try it again in 2017, though no financial parameters have been discussed. The Vandals did not have a Power Five conference opponent scheduled for that season; its other non-Sun Belt Conference that fall will be Nevada, UNLV and Western Michigan.
--- What with having to pay the Vandals and refund all ticket revenue -- and presumably any TV dough -- losing the game will cost the Gators in the neighborhood of $2 million.
-- The Vandals have two money games scheduled in 2015 -- USC (for $1.1 million) and Auburn ($1 million). Spear has nudged the out-of-conference schedule west for 2016, with games at Washington and Washington State.