Florida AD Scott Stricklin: ‘Hope is to play game in Gainesville this weekend if possible’

A few hours after Florida’s athletic association sent out a release saying it has officials working with the university to monitor Hurricane Irma , Florida Athletics Director Scott Stricklin provided a little more clarity.

Stricklin took to Twitter on Tuesday night and said the plan for now is to play Florida’s home opener against Northern Colorado in Gainesville this weekend “if possible.”

Irma has grown into a Category 5 storm with sustained winds maxing at about 185 mph, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center on Tuesday evening . According to the National Hurricane Center , which is based in Miami, Irma is the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic basin outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. 

Based on the projected path , which could vary over the next couple days, the storm is expected make landfall Florida Keys on Sunday night. Depending on how the path unfolds, Gainesville could experience the brunt of the storm on Monday but could start experiencing tropical storm-force winds as early as Saturday morning.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has already declared a State of Emergency for all 67 Florida counties and said at a news conference on Tuesday that Irma “has the potential to devastate this state. You have to take this seriously.” Scott also ordered all 7,000 members of the state’s National Guard to report to duty on Friday.

In addition to the football game — which is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and be televised on the SEC Network — Florida’s second-ranked soccer team hosts Florida State on Friday and the University of South Florida on Sunday. The Gators’ second-ranked volleyball team hosts American University, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Michigan State for a three-day tournament that starts on Friday.

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