Gators Idaho declared 'no contest'
University of Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley and University of Idaho Athletics Director Rob Spear have agreed that Saturday night's game has been declared a no contest and that not rescheduling the game is the only viable option for both programs.
The two schools, however, have agreed to schedule a game in Gainesville for the 2017 season on a date to be determined later.
"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.
Florida will fulfill the terms of the contract between the two schools and pay Idaho its $975,000 guarantee by February 1, 2015, as outlined in the agreement.
"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."
Ticket refunds for Florida-Idaho game
Did you purchase your ticket through Gator Ticket Office?
Here's how you get a Florida-Idaho refund:
* Used credit card to purchase season, single, group or mini-plan tickets?
Refund automatically issued to the credit card by Sept. 8. 2014
* Paid in cash or check at Gator Ticket Office in advance of game day?
Receive a refund check in the mail by Sept. 22, 2014
* Purchase with cash at Gator Ticket Office on game day?
Contact the Gator Ticket Office at (352) 375-4683, x6800 by 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 30, 2014 to inquire about refund
Tickets refunded at following prices:
Regular ticket: $25.00
Student ticket: $15.00
Group ticket: Varies
* Purchased ticket from vendor other than the Gator Ticket Office?
If you bought your tickets through Ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster Charge by Phone, you'll automatically receive a refund in 7-10 days from Ticketmaster. If you bought your ticket from the Ticketmaster resale outlet, please return to the point of purchase to receive your refund. If you purchased your tickets through the Gators Ticket Exchange, Ticketmaster will coordinate the refund with you.
If you purchased tickets through non-authorized third parties, you'll need to contact those sources for questions regarding refunds.
* For anyone who purchased an Idaho ticket with cash or check and had a change of address after they purchased the original ticket, please contact the Gator Ticket Office before Sept. 10 at 5 p.m.
All fans who purchased a ticket through the Gator Ticket Office to the season opener vs. Idaho will be given a full refund of the single-game ticket price that they paid for the game. This includes all Gator Booster and UF Student Season-Ticket holders, single-game, group and mini-plan ticket holders who purchased through GatorZone<http://www.gatorzone.com/tickets/football>, those who called, visited, mailed their order in to the Gator Ticket Office or those who purchased through the TicketMaster Exchange site. The regular ticket price for the Idaho game was $25, the student ticket price was $15 and group ticket pricing varied.
All fans who used a credit card to purchase their tickets will automatically be issued a refund back to the credit card that was originally used for the transaction by Sept. 8, 2014. Any fan who purchased tickets in advance of the game on Saturday and paid with cash or a check will receive a refund check in the mail by Sept. 22, 2014. Fans who purchased tickets with cash the day of the football game will have until 5 p.m. on Sept. 30 to contact the Gator Ticket Office at (352) 375-4683, ext. 6800 to inquire about their refund.
"Like all Gators, I wish we could have played the game Saturday night, but I support the decision made by both Athletic Directors," Florida head coach Will Muschamp said. "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."
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