The 16th-ranked Miami Hurricanes and No. 10 Florida State officially won’t be playing each other this early in the season.
And that ESPN Thursday-night Georgia Tech at UM “blackout’’ game in which the Hurricanes were wearing a special all-black uniform on Oct. 12, has also been changed.
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Saturday night that the two conference games will be moved to different dates.
The Miami at Florida State game is now Oct. 7 and the Georgia Tech at Miami game is now Oct. 14 — both on Saturdays.
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“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “As important as football is to all of us, these kinds of events provide perspective when you’re talking about life-threatening events and the aftermath ramifications.
“It quickly became clear that it was in the best interest of our players, coaches and fans to reschedule next week’s Miami at Florida State game. Typically, it’s not easy to reschedule games, but in this instance, there was a clear path to adjust quickly and effectively.
“I appreciate the leadership at our schools and with our television partners as this process was seamless, and we were able to adjust in as fair a way as possible.”
The ACC said in a released statement that the Georgia Tech at Miami game is being moved from its originally scheduled date “to abide by the ACC Football scheduling parameter that requires teams playing on Thursday night to have equal or full rest.”
Florida State announced Saturday that its campus in Tallahassee will be closed through Friday, one day before the previously scheduled Sept. 16 game.
Turns out both teams had the Oct. 7 open date.
With both teams having canceled their Saturday Sept. 9 games because of Hurricane Irma, players are with their families all over the place.
UM students are off at least through Tuesday, and the football team has not practiced since last Tuesday — a day before UM canceled its Sept. 9 game at Arkansas State. FSU later canceled its Sept. 9 Tallahassee game with Louisiana-Monroe.
FSU (0-1) practiced all week, including Saturday, reported the Tallahassee Democrat.
When contacted for a comment on the situation before the official announcement, Amy Yakola, Executive Associate Commissioner & Chief of External Affairs for the Atlantic Coast Conference, pointed the Miami Herald to the following statement on Friday from ACC commissioner John Swofford:
“Throughout the state of Florida and the needs that are there, these kinds of events put in perspective where football lies. As important as football is to all of us, it really pales in comparison when you’re talking about life-threatening events and the ramifications of something like this hurricane.
“Ultimately, while we want to try and play the games, we do not want to do so at the expense of the best interest of our citizens, our fans, our players and our students. With football, it’s not easy to reschedule games. We all know that. If the need arises, we’ll do the best we possibly can do to do that, and in as fair a way as it can be done. And if it can’t be done, then everybody adjusts to it, and life moves on.”
UM defensive coordinator posted this Friday on Twitter, per ESPN.com: “After two days of prepping the house and waiting hours for gas and supplies, my family each packed 2 suitcases and spent 13 hours in a car yesterday. What we left behind, we figure we won’t see again. It will just about take a miracle for there to be football in this state NEXT weekend let alone this one.
“The entire state right now is in the cross hairs of the strongest storm ever in the Atlantic. Ever. And we are still talking about football with all these lives in the balance? Come on man, perspective. ...Stay safe everyone!”