An un-sourced internet report surfaced on Wednesday night that the FSU-Miami game currently slated for Hard Rock Stadium just north of Miami Saturday night at 8 p.m. could be moved to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium due to Hurricane Matthew.
Greg Auman, an NFL writer for the Tampa Bay Times, wrote this blog item saying it’s “one possibility”
Several points here. Safety is obviously first on playing the game at all. Then, comes playing in Miami as scheduled either Saturday night or another day or night this weekend, if it is safe. That’s the priority.
Next, the blog item doesn’t say or specify that the ACC (which makes the final decision, as it’s a conference game), or the University of Miami, which obviously wants to play the game if it all possible at home, are actually seriously considering this.
The likely conclusion is that someone from the Tampa Sports Authority, which runs Raymond James Stadium (home of Tampa Bay Buccaneers and USF home games), leaked to Auman of the “possibility” because the ACC, etc. are looking at all options. They would have inquired about RJS being an option, if needed, while looking at everything right now.
Another point to be noted is that the ACC previously played it’s championship game twice in Tampa earlier in the 2000’s and has relationship with the Tampa Sports Authority. Hence, the phone call on availability of the stadium.
Another concern, is USF is already also hosting East Carolina in American Athletic Conference action at noon on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. With Hurricane Matthew on the Atlantic side of the state, it’s not really a threat to Hillsborough County and that game is a “go.”
And a further concern would be that the middle of the field, which was already torn up Sunday night during the end of the NFL Buccaneers vs. Rams game when they played the fourth quarter in the rain storm, would be used twice in eight hours for two college games.
So, while the thought of Noles vs. Canes coming to Tampa is intriguing as football double header, and is juicy for internet chatter, that’s all it is at this point.
The overwhelming scenario, is that because Matthew isn’t directly coming over Miami and will be gone by Friday night, FSU-Miami is played at some point this weekend in Miami.