One day after the Southern Conference decided not to play football until the spring, Samford opted to not play its non-conference game at Florida State on Sept. 19.
The Southern Conference left a window open for its teams to play a non-conference game in the fall and its full conference season in the spring.
“Today’s decision to cancel our fall nonconference schedules came after thorough conversations with our coaches and student-athletes,” Samford AD Martin Newton said in a statement. “Our student-athletes made it clear that they want to compete, but voiced their questions and concerns about the unknowns related to the virus. We based our decision primarily on their feedback.”
FSU now has a slot on its schedule and could fill it with a game in Tallahassee or can play another school as long as the game takes place in Florida. One option: South Florida’s first game is at Florida Atlantic on Sept. 26.