More College Football Games Cancelled Due To Hurricane Irma, Including Georgia Tech-UCF
Hurricane Irma has "forced UCF and Georgia Tech officials to cancel their game scheduled for Saturday," according to Matt Murschel of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. The national guard "plans to use UCF’s Spectrum Stadium as a staging area." There also was the "inability to gather" UFC for a "meaningful practice after some players were released to be with their families." Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury, who previously held the same job at UCF, "supported the decision." AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco said that the conference and the schools did "everything they could to try and play the game but in the end, it wasn’t feasible considering the current situation." Murschel notes this is the "second consecutive UCF game that has been canceled" due to Irma. UCF was "supposed to host Memphis on Sept. 8, but the game was called off as the area prepared for the arrival of the hurricane." Aresco said that the AAC and schools are "trying to reschedule the game, but he isn’t optimistic about a resolution" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 9/12). In Atlanta, Ken Sugiura reports officials from both schools "looked into playing the game later in the year, but the fact that the schools do not share a mutual open date made that a logistical impossibility" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 9/12).
FIU-INDIANA CANCELLED: In Indianapolis, Zach Osterman reports Irma has "forced the cancellation" of Indiana's home football game against FIU on Saturday. IU is "currently seeking a replacement opponent, with a potential makeup game to be played on Oct. 7," the Saturday of its bye week. FIU’s trip to Bloomington was "part of a series that included Indiana returning to Miami" next year. IU AD Fred Glass said that he and FIU AD Pete Garcia "agreed Saturday’s canceled game would be made up on a future schedule." Indiana had "only six home games to begin with this season," and the FIU cancellation "knocks that down to five." Replacing FIU will have a "direct impact" on both Indiana’s budget and its bowl hopes (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 9/12).
GAME ON: Knoxville-based WNML-FM's Jimmy Hyams cited a source as saying that Tennessee "will play" Florida on Saturday in Gainesville at 3:30pm ET. Gainesville cleanup has "gone well and much of the power has been restored" (TWITTER.com, 9/12). In Gainesville, Robbie Andreu notes Florida AD Scott Stricklin posted on Twitter that the status of the game "would be evaluated after the storm and the damage in Gainesville and around the state has been assessed." There had been "speculation" that the game could be "moved to Knoxville or Atlanta." UF "did an assessment of all its facilities" yesterday and "determined there were no major damages" (GAINESVILLE SUN, 9/12). Meanwhile, in Tampa, Joey Knight reports Friday night's Illinois-USF game "will be played as scheduled at Raymond James Stadium." An announcement by USF this morning was "nearly simultaneous with the official word" that Sunday's Bears-Buccaneers game also would be held at Raymond James (TAMPABAY.com, 9/12).