For the third time in four years, Florida football will be cancelling a football game due to severe weather as the program announced Thursday that it will no longer face the Northern Colorado Bears at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida, due to Hurricane Irma. There is a tremendous amount of stress now on the roads of this state, and the availability of gas, water and other supplies are at critical levels. A date was never scheduled for that make-up game, but with UF scheduled to face MI in Week 1, it is likely that the Gators may have needed to cancel consecutive games against Idaho had it been played in that Week 2 slot.
“You’ve heard coaches talk about clutter”, he said. “You just communicate with them and communicate with their families”.
The Gators now will return to the field September 16 against Tennessee in the SEC opener for both schools.
Mother Earth has not been the biggest Florida Gators fan over the last few seasons. Though the latest forecasts have it avoiding landfall in Florida, tropical storm-force winds are expected to hit the state late Saturday, with the brunt of the hurricane hitting on Sunday.
“We’ve got a lot of families, kids and families obviously, from down south”, McElwain said. This is a football game.
Last fall, Hurricane Matthew led the school to cancel an October 8 visit from LSU. UCF says it’s “not immediately clear” whether the game will be rescheduled. It was originally scheduled for 8 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. “It can be disturbing, but I think our guys have handled it well”.
Florida’s announcement noted the logistics of a normal home game, which involves bringing in 3,300 working personnel, 17 government agencies and outside vendors who bus employees from Jacksonville and Orlando to Gainesville.
As Florida residents from the south flee for safe haven, Stricklin said it would be foolish to put anyone else on the clogged roadways. It’s also on standby for evacuation of patients in other cities.