Macomb, IL – Western Illinois's football program will host the University of Indianapolis instead of Hampton on Sept. 8, director of athletics Dr. Tim Van Alstine said Friday.
The game against Hampton was rescheduled to Aug. 29, 2013.
The Sept. 8 game will be the first meeting between Western Illinois and Division II Indianapolis, which was 7-4 last season.
"Scheduling for any sport is never easy. The current agreement allows us to keep our six-game schedule at Hanson Field this fall, and allows us to secure one of the two home games we needed to schedule for 2013," Van Alstine said. "Ideally we wanted to schedule a Division I opponent, but it was more important for our program to keep that a home game. We agreed to help out Hampton this fall. However, our contract with Hampton still stipulates it must pay us a buyout if for some reason they decide to back out in the future."
The Leathernecks' season opener is against Butler on Aug. 30 at Hanson Field.