Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Is Saturday's Game in Jeopardy?

Most of us woke up yesterday morning and probably heard about the latest tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, the 24th named storm of the year . . . . "Wilma" is her name. However, not until last night/this morning did the projections for this storm further materialize, and she is now predicted to make U.S. landfall on Saturday (sometime) in south Florida.

There are no details as yet published on any plans for postponement of Saturday's 12 noon EDT clash between Georgia Tech and Miami, but one would hope that the powers-that-be are already looking at this issue. Games were postponed several days ahead of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Texas and Louisiana, and there would likely be no hesitation to do the same here. Decisions will have to be made within the next 48 hours, one would imagine?

An update . . . The issue was acknowledged today by Coach Gailey in his weekly news conference on campus.

Officials from both schools and the ACC are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Wilma, which is projected to hit the Miami area sometime on Saturday. As of right now, the game has not been moved.

"I just heard this morning that there is a possibility that they might make a change in regards to the game," said Gailey. "I don't know what that is, though. They could move it up, back, or leave it like it is. All we can do is prepare as if we're going to play at Noon on Saturday, and if we have to adjust, then that's what we'll do."

FYI . . . our only open date remaining is post-UVa/pre-UGAg on November 19, 2005. This is not a possible date for Miami since they play Wake Forest two nights earlier on "Thursday Night Live" (ESPN). That seems to only leave December 3, 2005 as an option.

Would our potential cancellation mean that the inaugural ACC Championship game in Jacksonville gets pushed back a week? What a strange year with weather and college football . . .