Florida and Idaho have spoken some about the situation, but Foley mentioned that there are “a lot of different things” that both sides have to consider before a final decision is made. Labor Day makes things even tougher for both sides, and a decision won’t be made until Tuesday at the earliest.
There are multiple options that Florida could pursue, including a resumption of the game or simply cancelling it. Nothing is set in stone at this point.
“We don't have those answers yet,” Foley said. "Those are the things that are being discussed. There's a lot of things that go into football scheduling and what's in the best interest of your football team and your fans and the entire program. That's how I work things around here, I like to get a lot of input from a lot of different people and then make a decision. That's what we're in the process of doing right now."
Resuming the game would likely be done during one of Florida’s bye weeks. The Gators and Idaho share a bye week on October 25, but that comes the week before Florida plays Georgia. That could be an option if the teams want to play the game, but Muschamp likes what a bye week provides for his team.
“I think both teams have a bye week so it’s important for both teams,” Muschamp said. “But again, I can’t really other than have an opportunity to prepare a little extra for an Eastern Division opponent. Nothing more than that.”
Saturday night was a first in the coaching career of Will Muschamp. He said that there were 1,100 lightning strikes in the eight-mile radius of the stadium from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, including two-and-a-half inches of rain. There was a lightning strike within the radius at 11:28 p.m., but even if the game was resumed 30 minutes after that, another strike occurred at 12:38 a.m.
After the Florida team took the field for warm ups following the first delay, Muschamp already had concerns about the playing surface. The one play -- a kickoff return by Valdez Showers -- showed water splashing up with each step.
“At the end of the day, it comes down to the welfare of the student athlete, and the playing condition issue was not what it needed to be and the lightning was everywhere,” Will Muschamp said.
Even with the disappointment around the players and the program that the game wasn’t able to happen, Muschamp echoed his comments from Saturday that the crowd was electric.
The Gator Walk showcased a great crowd with plenty of energy, and even after the lengthy delay, the Florida coaches and players were energized by the amount of fans still in the stands.
“It’s unbelievable,” Muschamp said. “The fans that were there and as loud as it was and as excited as our guys, we can’t thank our fans enough. It was absolutely amazing. The people that were there and there were still a bunch there and it was loud and it was electric and it was fun. We’ve got to do it again at 4 o’clock on Saturday for Eastern Michigan.”
During the delay, Muschamp didn’t want to overwhelm the players with more talk about the game plan. Before Florida took the field, the coaches went over some last-minute pointers, but they didn’t want the players bogged down with too much information.
“It was electric,” Muschamp said of the locker room. “The guys were jacked. We deal with this a lot, especially this time of year practice-wise. Our guys understand to shut it down and let’s get it back going again. That’s what we do. It’s not a big deal to our staff, coaches or players.”
SUSPENSIONS/INJURIES: Defensive tackles Jay-nard Bostwick and Darious Cummings were suspended for a violation of team rules, and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson missed the game because of a university sanction that has been resolved.
All three players will return on Saturday.
Safety Marcus Maye practiced on Monday morning and is 80-85 percent. He wasn’t ready to play on Saturday because of a hamstring injury.
“We’ll see how he continues to progress for the week,” Muschamp said.