Evacuees are moved to another building with more bathrooms while sheltering at Florida International University ahead of Hurricane Irma in Miami on Saturday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Hurricane Irma has caused numerous shifts in the weekend's college football schedule.
Miami vs. Arkansas State, South Florida vs. Connecticut, Florida State vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Florida vs. Northern Colorado and Central Florida-Memphis have been cancelled.
USF at UConn will not be played due to Hurricane #Irma 's threat to state of Florida & safe travel.
— USF Football (@USFFootball) September 7, 2017
Florida wanted to get the game in, but it didn't make sense, with Interstate 75 being a critical evacuation route.
"We have been in constant communication this week with university and government officials," Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement. "As the hurricane's track has approached the state of Florida, it's become obvious that playing a football game is not the right thing to do."
Miami didn't play, even though its game was to be played in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
"The decision to cancel these athletic contests is difficult, especially as some are scheduled to take place away from Miami," Miami athletic director Blake James said in a statement. "However, we made the collective decision that we simply cannot put our student-athletes, coaches and staff in danger travelling to and from contests."
Florida International’s game against Alcorn State, scheduled to be played in Miami on Friday, instead was played in Birmingham, Alabama. Florida International won 17-10.
Georgia Tech and Jacksonville State played as scheduled on Saturday, with free tickets for evacuees. Tech won 37-10.
— Todd Stansbury (@GTToddStansbury) September 9, 2017
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