ORONO – Hurricane Irma has effected numerous lives down in Florida and it will also be altering Maine football’s schedule.
The Colonial Athletic Association has announced that the game between Maine and Central Florida on Sept. 30 has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts caused by Irma.
Maine says they have agreed to a buyout with UCF and will receive the $350,000 in compensation the two originally agreed on.
AnnualFCS vs. FBS matchups are ways FCS schools make money to help fund their athletic departments as they often don’t have the big TV deals power five teams have.
Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak says the team will be looking for a replacement opponent, but he does realize the challenges that poses for other teams.
“Obviously it’s going to come down to because some teams don’t want to play 12 games some teams will have to give up their bye week which they’re not going to do. It’s going to be small pickings but ultimately we’re going to try to play a game we want to and we’ll just have to see and hopefully get some answers tomorrow on what’s available,” Harasymiak said.
Maine’s next game is Sept. 23 at James Madison.