FIU postpones football until late September

Florida International University has postponed its fall sports calendar – including football – until late September, citing an “abundance of caution” surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

As it stands, FIU will now begin its season Sept. 26 at Liberty. The school will have to cancel or reschedule its first two games with Jacksonville State (home opener on Sept. 3) and UCF (Sept. 12).

“The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are our top priority,” FIU president Mark Rosenberg said in a statement. “With this in mind, and based on input from our FIU healthcare experts, the informed science surrounding COVID-19 and the current circumstances in our South Florida community, FIU will postpone all intercollegiate competitions through September 16. We are making this decision in an abundance of caution.”

Conference USA is planning to play an eight-game conference schedule with up to four non-conference games. However, member Old Dominion has decided to cancel its football season and Rice has postponed its season until Sept. 26.

FIU was originally scheduled to play at Old Dominion on Sept. 19. FIU’s game with UMass (Oct. 24) was canceled when the Amherst university canceled its fall sports season last week.