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Idaho, Florida still working on suspended game

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm •  Published: September 1, 2014
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida expects to know what will happen with its postponed season opener in the next two days.

The Gators don't need nearly as much time to decide what to do about the suspensions of receiver Demarcus Robinson and defensive tackles Darious Cummings and Jay-nard Bostwick.

Florida coach Will Muschamp reinstated Robinson, Cummings and Bostwick on Monday, saying they would play Saturday against Eastern Michigan (1-0). So their punishment essentially lasted 10 seconds.

Muschamp could have kept their suspensions in place against Eastern Michigan or said they would be suspended against Idaho if the game is rescheduled. He did neither.

"They will be back this week with us," he said. "Not just as far as the suspension of a game, but they've handled a lot of other things for me."

Asked specifically if the players still would be suspended if the Vandals return to Gainesville, Muschamp responded, "I can't even answer that question. No. 1, we don't know the situation of the game right now."

The game was postponed Saturday night because of unsafe field conditions following heavy rain.

Florida Field became unplayable after hours of downpours. The season opener for both teams started after a nearly three-hour lightning delay — and then stopped after 10 seconds. Valdez Showers returned the opening kickoff 64 yards, giving Florida's offense the ball on the 14-yard line. But more lightning was detected around the stadium, and the game was halted for good.

Game officials, athletic directors and the Southeastern Conference offered four possible outcomes:

The teams could resume the game at a later date. They could end the game with a determined final score. They could forfeit the game. Or they could declare a "no contest."

"Those are the things that are being discussed," Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said Monday. "There's a lot of things that go into football scheduling and what's in the best interest of your football team and your fans and the entire program. That's how I work things around here. I like to get a lot of input from a lot of different people and then make a decision. That's what we're in the process of doing right now."

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