Gators make move to assist Hurricane Irma evacuees


The threat of Hurricane Irma has already led to one change for the Florida football team this weekend.

The Gators have given up their home hotel Friday night to clear some room for people who are evacuating from other parts of the state, UF coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday.

“As a team, we’ve already given up our home hotel for the people that may be in need of shelter as this moves forward.”

McElwain is still awaiting word from school officials about the status of Saturday’s home opener against Northern Colorado. There is a possibility the game could be moved to a noon start from the scheduled 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

“Our officials and people in the city and state are going through some things right now as far as playing the game and that kind of thing,” McElwain said. “Whatever happens, we’re going to do what’s best not only for our football team, but the university and obviously the residents of the state of Florida.

“As I tell our guys, all we can control is what we’re doing right this second. Let’s prepare and be ready and then adjust when needed. I think we’re in the right frame of mind.”