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CFB notebook: South Florida to host Illinois as scheduled

(TSX / STATS) -- South Florida's home game on Friday night against Illinois will be played as scheduled.

The status of the contest at Raymond James Stadium was in question after Hurricane Irma passed through Tampa over the weekend. South Florida canceled last week's game against Connecticut as it braced for the storm.

"We are grateful that our student-athletes, staff and their families are safe and accounted for," South Florida athletic director Mark Harlan said in a prepared statement. "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."

While South Florida will play this week, Central Florida announced on Monday that it canceled its home game against Georgia Tech, and Florida International did the same with its road contest at Indiana.

In a university release, Indiana said athletic director Fred Glass agreed with FIU's decision to cancel the game "after a series of discussions with FIU officials" that began Sunday.

"Glass and FIU Athletic Director Pete Garcia have been in regular communication since Sunday about the situation, and with FIU classes being canceled, several FIU players and coaches being from the South Florida area, along with the considerable logistical hurdles to overcome in traveling to Bloomington, the decision to cancel the game was made late on Monday evening," Indiana's release said.

--Rutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill was back handling his duties on Tuesday, two days after suffering a seizure related to his battle with epilepsy.

Kill, 56, had the seizure Sunday morning and was hospitalized. He was released on Monday afternoon.

"As usual, he'll coach this week," Rutgers coach Chris Ash said on a conference call. "(He will) coach the game, and moving forward (there are) no concerns at all. It was a minor setback. So we're excited that Jerry is fine and back in the office, back with our football team."

Kill has a history of seizures and the situation led to his resignation as Minnesota coach during the 2015 season.

--California senior running back Tre Watson will miss the remainder of the season with an apparent right leg injury, the school announced.

Watson was injured after reeling in a screen pass late in the first quarter of Saturday's 33-20 victory over Weber State. He limped off the field on that exchange before returning in the second quarter, only to go down again after one carry.

"It's never easy, you feel for a guy like that who's put so much time and effort into the program, and we'll have his back," California coach Justin Wilcox said. "I really feel for him right now, and he'll bounce back from this, but it's never easy going through that."

Updated September 12, 2017

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