Indiana University announced late last night that their upcoming home matchup with Florida International would be canceled due to the effects and aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
In a statement, Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass said, “Indiana supports FIU’s decision to cancel Saturday’s football game in Bloomington in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which devastated South Florida over the weekend. IU is working diligently to try and find an opponent to play at Memorial Stadium on October 7, the team’s previously scheduled bye week. Tickets and parking passes issued for the FIU game will be redeemable for the game against the new opponent, regardless of when it occurs.”
Now Indiana finds themselves in unfamiliar territory as football schedules are typically laid out far in advance. Indiana has a small window to schedule an opponent and names are already beginning to swirl. One popular option seems to be Georgia Tech who have a bye week on October 7 and also had their game with UCF canceled. Georgia Tech is currently 1-1 with a 42-41 loss coming at the hands of Tennessee and a 37-10 win over Jacksonville State.
Of course, Indiana could schedule a Football Championship Subdivision opponent if they could find one willing. Most importantly for the Hoosiers seems to be adding another home game.
“Non-negotiable may be a strong word when you find yourself in our situation, but I’d say we would strongly prefer to have a home game,” Glass told the IndyStar. “And I think that’s what we’ll get.”
Regardless of what happens, expect to hear news breaking sooner rather than later.
“I think time is of the essence,” Glass said. “We have fans that plan their weekends around games. We have people who were expecting to go to a game this Saturday. Those plans have changed, and if we’re going to have a good crowd on October 7, we need to organize that as quickly as possible.”
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