Florida schools monitoring Hurricane Irma as game adjustments begin

As Hurricane Irma is tracking in the Atlantic Ocean towards the state of Florida and southeastern United States, communities are preparing for all possible scenarios. That includes college football programs with Week 2 games that could be impacted by the storm and any travel plans for teams scheduled to play away from home.

Central Florida announced Tuesday that its matchup against Memphis has been moved to Friday at 6:30 p.m. 

Florida International announced Tuesday night that its home opener with Alcorn State, originally scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET, will not be played as scheduled in Miami

"FIU athletics is carefully monitoring the progress of Hurricane Irma," said FIU's director of sports Pete Garcia in a statement. "There will be no game played this weekend in Miami. We are looking at all other options."

Otherwise, schools are monitoring the storm's progress. Miami is scheduled to play at Arkansas State on Saturday, and in a statement, athletic director Blake James indicated that it was too early to make any schedule changes right now. 

"We are monitoring Hurricane Irma, and right now it is too early to make any determination in regards to our scheduled events this week. We are working through all possible scenarios, and obviously any decision we make will be in the best interests, safety and well-being of our staff, coaches, student-athletes and their families."

James told Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post that he communicated with Arkansas State officials on Tuesday to discuss alternate scenarios, but since the two teams do not share an open date, rescheduling the game could be difficult. For Miami's football team, there concerns include the ability to return home from Jonesboro, Arkansas, after the game given the storms current projections. 

Last year, the athletic department faced a similar concern with Hurricane Matthew but chose to wait for more information on the storm's path before canceling or rescheduling Miami's home game against Florida State

At Florida, the athletic department is monitoring the storm with multiple athletic events, including a home game against Northern Colorado on Saturday night potentially impacted by the storm. 

"We continue working with university and government officials to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma and determine the impact of the storm on our events in Gainesville this weekend,'' Steve McClain, Florida's senior associate athletic director for communications said in an official statement. "Additionally, we are communicating with the Southeastern Conference office and keeping them updated."

Florida Atlantic and South Florida are on the road at Wisconsin and UConn, respectively. 

When Hurricane Matthew hit in 2016, it resulted in Florida's game against LSU being rescheduled for late November when both teams had nonconference games on the schedule. The game was moved from Gainesville to Baton Rouge, and in exchange the Gators will host LSU in both 2017 and 2018. 

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