Both the Indiana and Florida International athletic departments came to a conclusion Monday night that it would be best to cancel this weekend’s matchup.
Originally scheduled in Bloomington for this Saturday, the two schools had been in contact for the past couple of days about a possible cancellation.
With most of their coaching staff and several players being from the area’s effected by Hurricane Irma, FIU classes being canceled, and the hurdles that would have to be overcome to travel to Bloomington, there would have been too many adjustments to make to try to force a game in, when there are bigger issues at hand.
Both programs will remain in talks to schedule a game in Bloomington between the schools sometime in the future.
For now, the Hoosiers are looking to find a possible opponent for their original bye week on October 7.
With so many other games already canceled due to Hurricane Irma, the Hoosiers could have many possible opponents to choose from if their bye weeks match up.
Obviously, Indiana would like to find an FBS opponent, but if they are unable to make the arrangements to schedule one, they will be eligible to schedule a team from the FCS.
Two years ago, the Big Ten Conference announced that they would be moving to nine conference games on the schedule and stopped its teams from scheduling any FCS oppoenents.
Earlier this summer though, the Big Ten changed their tone. While they still have nine conference games, and strongly urge schools not to schedule FCS opponents, if they only have four conference home games, they will be allowed to schedule an opponent from the FCS in order to allow for teams to make up for missed revenue.
The Hoosiers are working hard to get this situation resolved in a timely manner to ensure the biggest crowd possible for the October 7 weekend.
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