Florida monitoring Hurricane Ian as Eastern Washington set to play Gators at Swamp
UPDATE on Sept. 27: The Florida-Eastern Washington game has been moved to Sunday at noon in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a social media post that Saturday's game against Eastern Washington (noon, SEC Network Plus) at The Swamp remains on as scheduled, but that the school will continue to monitor Hurricane Ian's path throughout the week.
According to projections from the National Weather Service, Ian could strengthen into a Category 3 storm and pass through Central Florida and North Central Florida counties by Wednesday or Thursday.
On Tuesday morning, UF called off all classes Wednesday-Friday.
Eastern Washington (1-2), an FCS school, is slated to travel more than 2,700 miles across three time zones on Friday to play the game, which was postponed from 2020 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Billy Napier: 'We just hope everyone is prepared' for storm
The Gators (2-2, 0-2 SEC) are looking to bounce back from a 38-33 loss at Tennessee on Saturday. Florida has access to its indoor practice facility to practice during the week if the storms pass through the region on Wednesday and Thursday and will adjust its routine if needed.
"Probably more important is we just hope everyone is prepared," Florida coach Billy Napier said. "I know that we're going to have some wind and significant rain here, but we've got a lot of people in our state that are in for a rough ride here so our thoughts and prayers or with them as they prepare.
"Having been a part of these things in the past, it's nothing to play around with. We've got a game this week and all of that, but I think these things are little bit more important. And certainly we're going to do everything we can do within our organization to help our players, their families, anybody that's maybe at risk."