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IU-FIU Game Cancelled Due To Hurricane Irma

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Jordan Wells, TheHoosier.com

IU Athletics Director Fred Glass announced Monday night that IU’s game against Florida International on Saturday, Sept. 16, is cancelled due to the effects of Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in Florida on Sunday.

Glass and FIU officials had been in contact in regards to the status of Saturday’s game since Sunday, considering the possibility of canceling, before Glass ultimately agreed with FIU’s decision to cancel.

IU is now in search of an opponent to play Oct. 7, the Hoosiers’ originally scheduled bye week.

“All involved with IU Athletics offer their thoughts and prayers to Florida International University and all who live in areas devastated by Hurricane Irma,” IU Athletics said in a press release.

IU Athletics cited FIU coaches' and players' proximity to the storm, FIU classes being cancelled and logistical hurdles in travel as reasons for the cancellation.

IU head coach Tom Allen spoke to the media about Hurricane Irma on Monday morning. The first-year head coach, who has friends in the Florida area having coached at South Florida in 2015, said the plan was to play the game but that the decision was out of his hands.

"Last night, just from my personal experience with our friends down there, we were on the phone with them up until one in the morning checking on them," Allen said. "They've kind of been hunkered down. Got some messages this morning from our close friends down in that area to say that they're okay, which is great. A lot of damage."

In football consideration, IU will need to find an opponent to play this season or else a nullified game in which IU was favored could have major implications on its chances of qualifying for a bowl game at the end of the season.

The Hoosiers can schedule against an FCS opponent after the Big Ten changed to nine conference games per season in 2016. Teams with just four conference home games are allowed one FCS opponent to count toward bowl eligibility.

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