Illinois-USF game to be played Friday as scheduled
Friday night's nationally televised game between No. 22 USF and Illinois will be played as scheduled at Raymond James Stadium.
USF, which had been working with local officials and authorities to assess the local impact of Hurricane Irma before agreeing to let the game proceed, announced this morning it's a go. The announcement was nearly simultaneous with the official word that Sunday's Bucs-Bears game also would be held at Raymond James.
Friday's kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ESPN will televise the game.
"We are grateful that our student-athletes, staff and their families are safe and accounted for," athletic director Mark Harlan said in a news release.
"After consulting with university leadership and the Tampa Sports Authority, we are confident that Friday's game can proceed safely as scheduled without impacting the recovery efforts. Our thoughts remain with all of those impacted by the hurricane in Florida and elsewhere, and we express sincere gratitude to all first-responders for their efforts."
The Bulls resume practice today, giving them three days to prepare for a 2-0 Big Ten team coming off a surprising 20-7 triumph against Western Kentucky.
USF's game last weekend -- at Connecticut -- was called off due to the threat of Irma. As a result, the Bulls haven't practiced since Thursday morning.