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FSU-Miami Among Several College Football Games In Florida Impacted By Hurricane Irma

FSU's first home game this season won't come until Sept. 23 against N.C. State
Florida State's football game against Miami has been "postponed from Sept. 16 until Oct. 7," and the Georgia Tech-Miami game "scheduled for Oct. 12 has been moved back to Oct. 14," according to Wayne McGahee of the TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT. The Miami-FSU game is being moved "due to the expected damage from Hurricane Irma." The game's time and TV network is "still to be determined." FSU's "first home game will be against N.C. State on Sept. 23." The school's original home opener was "scheduled to be against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday," but was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. Miami was "originally scheduled to play at Arkansas State on Saturday, but that game was canceled as well" (TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, 9/10).

IRMA STILL IMPACTING GAMES: Illinois Assistant AD/Media Relations Kent Brown yesterday said that a decision on Friday's game at USF was "not expected" until today "at the earliest." In Illinois, Tim Ditman noted UI has "made an offer to move" the game from Tampa to Champaign. Brown said that any change would be USF's call, "since the game is the school's home game" (NEWS-GAZETTE.com, 9/10). In Atlanta, Ken Sugiura noted Georgia Tech's game at UCF is "still scheduled to be played this Saturday." There would "not be any need to make a decision to cancel or postpone the game until later in the week." A GT spokesperson was "not aware if the possibility of moving" the game to Atlanta "had been broached" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 9/11). FAU AD Pat Chun said that the school's football team will remain in Madison "indefinitely" after playing Wisconsin on Saturday. ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf noted UW officials have offered FAU the "use of its training facilities, lodging and other resources, including grief counselors," as the team begins an "uncertain week." A local Pizza Hut has "even promised the team a meal" (ESPN.com, 9/9).

FLORIDA FALLOUT: USA TODAY's Steve Berkowitz noted colleges in Florida that were "set to host games that cannot be rescheduled have to deal with potentially making millions of dollars in ticket refunds." Visiting schools that were "due to receive significant guarantee payments may have to patch budget holes made larger by the additional prospective loss of money spent on travel arrangements." Louisiana-Monroe was "due to receive" $1.35M from FSU, while Northern Colorado was to "receive $625,000 from Florida." Northern Colorado Assistant AD/Athletic Communications Ryan Pfeifer on Friday said that the school and UF have "no common dates available for a makeup game this season and the loss of the guarantee money likely would impact not only the football team, but also the department’s broader financial picture." He also said that school officials, while "sensitive to all of the issues the state of Florida is facing, have taken some hope from Florida AD Scott Stricklin," who commented that Northern Colorado has been a "great partner" and UF would "take care of them" (USATODAY.com, 9/9).
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