Hurricane Irma may have wiped out college football in Florida this weekend – Washington Post
Flooding near Hard Rock Stadium, where the University of Miami plays, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. (Stephen Yang/Reuters)
College football in Florida might take a while to get back on track in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which left millions without power because of wind damage and floods. Florida schools were forced to cancel their Saturday home games as the storm prepared to make landfall over the weekend, and for many there remains little clarity as to when they will be able to kick off at home again.
Most prominently, Miami and Florida State, which were scheduled to meet each other Saturday in Tallahassee, have postponed their showdown until Oct. 7. Both teams will have to deal with extended layoffs as they prepare for their next home games, which won’t be until Sept. 23. Miami is set to host Toledo; FSU is scheduled to host North Carolina State.
Here’s a breakdown of the effect of Irma at Florida colleges.
The Hurricanes currently have no practices on their schedule, the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reports, as Miami’s Coral Gables campus remains closed until Sept. 18. Whether the program can find a way to practice sooner remains unclear.
“No idea yet,” Hurricanes Athletic Director Blake James told the Palm Beach Post this week. “We will work within whatever guidelines campus establishes after they are able to assess the situation.”
According to the Miami Hurricane, the school’s student newspaper, initial assessments of the campus conducted Tuesday morning showed “major safety hazards.” Officials did not elaborate with any detail, including the status of Hard Rock Stadium, which saw flooding around it during the storm. But one reason officials said they wanted to keep students off campus is to make repair efforts