Hurricane Harvey is barreling toward the Texas coast and is forcing college football programs to adjust how they operate as the season draws near.
Houston announced Friday afternoon that it will practice on Texas' campus in Austin on Saturday and Sunday. The Cougars could stay through the beginning of next week as they continue preparations for the season opener Saturday, Sept. 2 at UT-San Antonio.
"We are grateful to the University of Texas and its football program for opening their doors to us," Cougars coach Major Applewhite said in a statement. "We are also thankful to the other programs from across the state of Texas that offered shelter to our program during this time. We are hopeful for the best in Houston but are preparing for every situation. We ask everyone to keep the city of Houston, all affected areas across the Gulf Coast and its residents in their thoughts and prayers."
Elsewhere, FCS power Sam Houston State, which is ranked third in the NCAA's preseason FCS poll, had its season-opener vs. No. 7 Richmond -- initially scheduled for Sunday night -- postponed indefinitely.
"These storms can be difficult to predict and we want to have as much information as possible to make a decision," said Sam Houston State athletics director Bobby Williams. "I want to thank everyone involved in this process as this is not an easy decision to make with all of the factors involved."
LSU and BYU are scheduled to meet in Houston's NRG Stadium Saturday, Sept. 2. The Tigers released a statement Friday afternoon stating that the game is on as scheduled for now but that they will continue to monitor the developments as game time approaches next week.