Football Game Against Florida International Cancelled

Sept. 2, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville vs. Florida International football game scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 2, at 8:00 p.m. has been cancelled due to the pending threats of Hurricane Frances in south Florida. FIU administration did not cancel the game until 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, after the Dolphins arrived in Miami. The game was scheduled to be broadcast live statewide on the Sunshine Network.

FIU athletic director Rick Mello has expressed interest in talking with JU head coach Steve Gilbert about rescheduling the game, but the Dolphins play 10 consecutive games with the possibility of an 11th if they qualify for the Pioneer Football League Championship Game on Nov. 20.

JU will now open the season next Saturday, Sept. 11, at Wingate at 1:30 p.m.

"I think we would be fooling ourselves to say we're not disappointed to drive six hours and not play," said Jamie Zeitz, assistant athletic director for media relations.

This is not the first JU football game to be altered by inclement weather. The Dolphins had a game vs. Chowan (N.C.) College cancelled in 1999 because of the damage Hurricane Floyd rendered on North Carolina.