University officials from Indiana and Florida International decided late Monday evening to cancel Saturday’s football game in Bloomington due to the impact of Hurricane Irma.
In a release on IU Athletic’s website, the decision was based on several factors including canceled FIU classes, resident FIU players and coaches dealing with the aftermath of Irma and difficulty in traveling to Bloomington.
FIU has canceled all of the school’s planned games through Sunday, including men’s and women’s soccer, golf and volleyball.
It’s still unknown when FIU will be able to leave Birmingham, Alabama, where its teams have been for nearly a week to get away from Irma. And Irma actually found the Panthers there; tropical storm conditions from the remnants of Irma were hammering Birmingham on Monday night.
FIU and Indiana will try to defer the game to a different season.
The announcement by IU Athletic Director Fred Glass states a series of discussions began on Sunday. IU is working to find an opponent to play at Memorial Stadium on October 7th which is the team’s scheduled bye week. Tickets and parking passes for the FIU game will be honored for that game instead.
The decision comes after head coach Tom Allen spoke to the media Monday morning saying he wasn’t sure what was going to happen this weekend, but the intent was to play the game.
Indiana defeated Virginia 34 to 17 Saturday in Charlottesville.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.