Florida and Idaho agree not to make up game

After Saturday’s Florida-Idaho game was suspended following the opening kickoff, the teams announced on Wednesday that the game would not be finished on a future date.

Florida and Idaho have declared the game a no contest. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley and Idaho athletic director Rob Spear decided that going this route was the best option for both sides.

Florida will fulfill the terms of the contract between the schools and pay Idaho its $975,000 guarantee by February 1, 2015, which was outlined in the original agreement.

"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," Foley said.

The two teams did agree to play a game in Gainesville during the 2017 season. A date for that game was not yet been decided.

"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," Spear said. "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."

Florida head coach Will Muschamp added, “Like all Gators, I wish we could have played the game Saturday night, but I support the decision made by both Athletic Directors. As I said earlier this week, our focus is getting our players and team ready for Eastern Michigan and we are excited to get back out there in front of our passionate and loyal fans.”

Florida will open its season at 4 p.m. against Eastern Michigan.

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