Florida-Idaho game ruled no contest

Published 09/03 2014 04:53PM

Updated 09/03 2014 04:53PM

Gainesville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The postponed season opener between Idaho and Florida will not be rescheduled and has been ruled a no contest.

The Gators were set to host Idaho last Saturday night, but periods of heavy rain caused unsafe field conditions.

"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," Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement Wednesday.

Florida will fulfill the terms of the contract between the two schools and pay Idaho $975,000.

The two schools agreed to schedule a game in Gainesville for the 2017 season.

"I want to thank UF, especially AD Jeremy Foley, for the professional and first-class way they worked through this issue and the focus on student- athlete welfare," Idaho athletic director Rob Spear said in a statement. "It was not in our best interest to play 10 consecutive weeks without a bye week. We look forward to our return to Florida in 2017."

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