Georgia Tech’s football game at UCF, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled due to the effects of Hurricane Irma, the schools announced.
UCF is heeding Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s call for public universities in the state to assist with hurricane preparation and recovery, The school agreed to host up to 1,000 National Guard members and 250 vehicles on campus. That amount of personnel, in addition to the number and types of vehicles, meant that in and around Spectrum Stadium – the home of UCF football – was the best place to stage recovery operations.
Also, many of UCF’s players evacuated campus and the Orlando area prior to the arrival of the storm. UCF’s campus was closed through at least today.
Georgia Tech and UCF officials also discussed playing the game at a later date this season, but those efforts proved to be impossible due to the fact the teams do not have a mutual bye week. In addition to Saturday’s game, UCF was also forced to call off last weekend’s American Athletic Conference game versus Memphis with Hurricane Irma approaching Florida.
No. 23 Tennessee and 25th-ranked Florida will play as scheduled Saturday in Gainesville.
The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday the league opener for both teams will remain a 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Florida Field, keeping the game intact less than a week after Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Sunshine State.
Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin says the decision was made after meeting with city and campus officials. The stadium sustained only minor damage to signage.
The FAMU Tampa Classic is going to be played as scheduled.
Raymond James Stadium will be the site of three games this weekend: No. 22 South Florida will meet Illinois on Friday, the FAMU game is Saturday and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open their delayed NFL season Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
For now, Bethune-Cookman is still set to play at Florida Atlantic on Saturday night.
Bethune-Cookman, which has been practicing at Southern University, was scheduled to fly back to Florida on Tuesday. FAU, which has been in Wisconsin since Friday, is planning to fly home Wednesday.
But a planned 6:30 p.m. kickoff seems tentative at best, since Palm Beach County is still under a curfew that begins at 10 p.m. (though that may be lifted by the weekend). Hotel availability might be an issue as well.
Lane Kiffin and the Owls practiced inside Wisconsin’s stadium Tuesday and the Badgers have also opened their training table to FAU, as well as doing whatever else they can to keep the team’s travel party comfortable.
The U.S. Golf Association is postponing the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, which was scheduled to be played Oct. 7-12 at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples.
The USGA says Hurricane Irma’s “impact on the course” means the tournament cannot be played at this time.
The USGA says it will keep working with Quail Creek to determine when the championship will be played.