Florida State remains optimistic that it will be able to safely host the soccer game against Wake Forest at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday.
Kick-off is 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
Demon Deacon head coach Dave Clawson doesn’t exactly reflect that sentiment as Hurricane Ian approaches.
The hurricane’s predicted track will shift further south and east on Tuesday afternoon. It is expected to make landfall in southwest Florida as early as Wednesday.
Tallahassee could see sustained winds between 30 and 40 mph and 3 to 4 inches of rain, with effects arriving as early as Wednesday and lasting through Friday, state officials said.
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“You certainly hope the ACC office makes the right decision,” Clawson said at his press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “And if they don’t do it, we will. We don’t go there and don’t endanger anyone. We’ll keep an eye on it again.
“Obviously this is in the hands of the league, in the hands of the state of Florida. We hope they make the right decision. But if we feel there is danger to our players, we don’t go. “
What exactly Clawson meant by the ACC making the “right decision” remains unclear. He declined to comment further on that comment.
But it’s reasonable to wonder how Clawson and Wake Forest will handle the upcoming developments related to Hurricane Ian. Especially if he stays true to his comment about not wanting to travel for the game if it endangers the safety of his team.
“It’s not just the flight. It’s the hotel,’ Clawson said.
“Does he have electricity? Will they be able to feed us? You can’t go there and have no food. So again, if all those things are checked and you feel safe, and the ACC decides it’s safe, and we think it’s safe, then there’s going to be a competition.”
The FSU athletic director says the game is safe to play. ACC has not responded
FSU athletic director Michael Alford released a statement Tuesday evening expressing confidence that the university can safely host the competition.
The Democrat contacted the ACC office for an update, but has not yet received a response.
“Following our most recent briefing today with authorities, university administration, transportation officials, security, law enforcement and emergency services, we remain confident that we can safely host Saturday’s football game against Wake Forest at its scheduled kick-off time,” Alford said. in the statement.
“We will continue to monitor the hurricane and all weather advisories and take action as necessary to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the predicted South Florida impact area and others affected by the storm.”
When can FSU vs. Wake Forest to be moved?
The ACC could theoretically move the date or location of this game.
October 22 would make sense as a possible date. The Seminoles have a week off on October 22, when Wake Forest hosts Boston College. The Demon Deacons and Eagles share a week off October 15.
So Wake Forest/Boston College can be moved to October 15, while FSU/Wake Forest is moved to October 22.
“We want to play. We definitely want to play,” said Clawson. “But only if it’s safe and appropriate.”
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Florida Gators, UCF have moved their Saturday games to Sunday
The threat of Hurricane Ian prompted Florida, UCF and USF to tinker with their upcoming home football games.
Florida and UCF moved their games against Eastern Washington and SMU respectively from Saturday to Sunday. USF held the game against East Carolina on Saturday, but moved it from Tampa to Boca Raton.
Miami has a week off, while Florida A&M still expects to host Mississippi Valley State on Saturday at 6 p.m.
“When these things happen, everyone is a weather expert,” Clawson said. “There is a big storm hitting Florida. We’ll see what the conditions are. Part of it is, what are the conditions if we have to fly down there?
“I don’t know at the moment. It’s Tuesday. I am sure we will get more information every day. We must be prepared to play a football game.
“It feels a lot like COVID to me. With COVID, you had all those weeks where you didn’t know whether you were going to play or not. And when you ended up playing, the team that prepared and thought they usually played the football game won.
“So if we think we’re not playing and we’re not preparing to play, and then playing, that’s not good either.”
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Who: FSU (4-0, 2-0 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (3-1, 0-1)
When where: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.; Doak Campbell Stadium
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