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The Journal Gazette

Monday, September 11, 2017 10:40 pm

IU cancels game against FIU

BEN PORTNOY | For The Journal Gazette

BLOOMINGTON – Indiana announced Monday night that this week’s game between the Hoosiers and Florida International has been canceled in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Irma devastated the southern part of Florida this past week, including Miami where FIU is located. The hurricane left Indiana and FIU officials scrambling through the logistics of getting the Panthers to Bloomington.

IU athletics director Fred Glass and FIU AD Pete Garcia had communicated since Sunday and the decision to cancel was made late Monday night.

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

The Irma tragedy also hits home for IU head coach Tom Allen, as he coached for six years in Florida, including stops at South Florida, Temple Heights High School, and Armwood High School.

“They got a lot going on so our thoughts and prayers are with them and we’re trying to do everything we can to help them and support them and be thinking of them for sure,” Allen said.

As a result of the cancellation, the Hoosiers will look to find an opponent for Oct. 7, their originally scheduled bye week. Potential matchups could include Georgia Tech and South Florida, both of whom have openings that week. If the Bulls were chosen as the opponent, it would present an intriguing storyline for Allen, whose last stop before IU was USF.

– The Associated Press contributed to this story.