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Report: Illinois offers to host USF game

The University of Illinois, led by former Bucs coach Lovie Smith, is scheduled to play USF on Friday at Raymond James Stadium.

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The University of Illinois, led by former Bucs coach Lovie Smith, is scheduled to play USF on Friday at Raymond James Stadium.

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Officials from Illinois and USF reportedly have had "preliminary discussions" about moving the Bulls' home game against the Illini -- set for Friday -- to Champaign.

The Champaign News-Gazette reported Saturday that Illinois has offered to host the contest. How logistically feasible it would be for USF to travel to Illinois -- or even host the game -- remains unclear, especially since the effects of Hurricane Irma to the bay area aren't yet known.

"Regarding this, all we care about is keeping everyone safe," USF athletic director Mark Harlan said Sunday morning via Twitter. "When appropriate, we will address this and be thoughtful. Everyone take care."

A glaring question -- amid tons of them -- is practice time for USF.

The school has shut down operations through Tuesday, meaning the Bulls would have two practice days at the most if the game were held Friday. A travel day (if the game were held in Champaign) would further hinder USF's practice time.

For now, the game is scheduled to kick off Friday at 7 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium before an ESPN audience.

USF's game Saturday at Connecticut was called off due to travel concerns amid the threat of Irma. That contest is unlikely to be rescheduled, though American Athletic Conference officials wouldn't totally rule it out.

[Last modified: Sunday, September 10, 2017 10:01am]

    

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