This Saturday, Florida is scheduled to play its home opener against Northern Colorado. However, Hurricane Irma may change that.
Gators coach Jim McElwain said on Wednesday’s SEC weekly teleconference that officials have been having meeting since Monday to determine the logistics of first responders and where those people need to be around the state this weekend.
While there’s uncertainty around where — or if — his team will play this weekend, McElwain said that’s not what’s most important with the state of Florida currently in a state of emergency.
“How important is the game when you’re talking about peoples’ lives?” McElwain said. “Our guys were looking forward to this, obviously playing in The Swamp is a special, special thing. Whatever happens, we’re going to do what’s best.”
McElwain added that his team has already given up its home hotel so that people that will need shelter have a place to stay.
After losing its season opener to Michigan, 33-17, last weekend, the Gators likely want to get back out on the field to put that game behind them. Despite the uncertainty, all they can do now is still prepare to play.
“All we can control is what we’re doing right this second. Let’s prepare and be ready and adjust when needed,” McElwain said. “I think we’re in the right frame of mind.”
Florida and Northern Colorado are scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday on SEC Network.
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