As Hurricane Dorian threatens the state of Florida later in Labor Day weekend, FSU is scrambling to now host their football game with Boise State Saturday afternoon.
And, in addition to the logistics of having both teams now in the state capitol with hotel accommodations for the visitors, etc., another important question for the game itself is: what to do about the tickets that were already sold for TIAA Bank field in Jacksonville?
In the short-term, FSU is making the public aware the tickets will be $10 for the game with mostly general admission seating.
A Florida State official confirmed to the Tallahassee Democrat early Thursday afternoon that the game will be at noon and tickets are on sale through the FSU website and at the FSU ticket office on Saturday morning.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said all tickets sold for the #FSU-Boise game will be refunded. Tickets for the game in Tallahassee are general admission and are $10 through https://t.co/X29lmoTCPW.https://t.co/3leVDesuDN
— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) August 29, 2019
However, it is unclear as to what will be done to accommodate the anticipated several thousand Boise State fans that were coming to Jacksonville for the game, and whether or not they will have reserved seating behind or near the Boise visiting bench? That is the likely scenario.
FSU further updated Thursday afternoon that tickets purchased the day of the game will be $15 and they maintain that all seating with be general admission. FSU and Boise State students can get free tickets with their student ID.
Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry had announced earlier on Thursday that all tickets will be refunded for the game that was scheduled Saturday night at 7 p.m. in their city. The Democrat also reported Friday that FSU had sold over 45,000 tickets for the game. It is unclear how many Boise State had sold, but was believed that they would have in excess of 3,000 fans in Jacksonville.
Many of those fans may be cancelling their plans to travel to Florida on Thursday.
While Hurricane Dorian is not expected to make landfall in the U.S. until at least Sunday, there are obviously serious concerns about safety and evacuation time for the entire state. Dorian could be at least Category 3 Hurricane, when it does make landfall.
Boise State’s team was scheduled to arrive in Jacksonville later this evening, but with the official change this morning, it has allowed them to rearrange their travel plans to come to Tallahassee. And, the noon start time will allow the Broncos to be able to depart safely Saturday evening for the Pacific Northwest.
This is not the first time Florida State’s schedule has been affected by Hurricanes hitting the pan handle.
In 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the west coast of Florida and FSU had to move its games against Louisiana-Monroe and Miami to later in the season. UL-Monroe was originally supposed to be canceled, but was rescheduled later at the end of the season to give FSU a winning record to continue their bowl streak.
Saturday’s matchup is the first of a “home and home” two game deal, where the Noles are scheduled to play in Boise next September.
FSU and LSU announced two game neutral site series Tuesday
In an effort to continue to beef up their out-of-conference schedules, FSU announced on Tuesday that they will play newly-crowned National Champion, LSU in two neutral site games coming soon in 2022 and 2023.
The Seminoles made the announcement through social media and their website that they will be playing the “Bayou Bengals” first in New Orleans and then, in Orlando:
Noles vs. Tigers set for '22/'23!!!https://t.co/nfLwLGhXE3
— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) February 11, 2020
Both teams will be given the benefit of essentially a “home-away-from-home neutral-site game” on Labor Day weekend. LSU considers New Orleans to be their second home and just won the College Football Playoff National Championship game over Clemson there on January 12.
The first game with the Noles will be on Saturday night September 4th, 2022.
FSU will, then play “hosts” in Orlando against the Tigers the following year on Saturday night September 3rd. The Noles recently played a season-opening game with Ole Miss, whom they defeated, at Camping World Stadium in 2016.
New Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell had this to say in the school statement about adding the games coming soon,
“I’m excited about this series,” head coach Mike Norvell said. “Florida State has a rich tradition in Louisiana, the home of many former Seminoles including Warrick Dunn and Travis Minor, and all three of our national championship teams had at least one player from Louisiana. It continues to be an important area for us now. We added two players from Louisiana in our first signing class, and it will be great for them and other future Noles to be able to play back in their home state.
This series matches two of the iconic brands in college football, and I know our fans will have a great time in New Orleans and Orlando. I want to thank our administration for all their hard work on this and for continuing to pursue first-class experiences for our student-athletes.”
These will be the 10th and 11th times that Florida State and LSU will meet. The Noles hold a 7 – 2 advantage, including winning four straight games in the series. It is the first time the two schools will have played since 1991.
Further, Florida State is 9 – 2 in their last 11 games opening a season on a neutral field. The Seminoles were to have played Boise State in Jacksonville last Labor Day weekend, but the threat of Hurricane Dorian moved the game to Tallahasse.
That’s where the Broncos upset the Seminoles and sent coach Willie Taggart into a second year spiral that resulted in his firing in November.
The Noles are also 8 – 2 all-time in games at the Superdome with the most prominent one coming in the BCS Championship Game win over Virginia Tech in the 2000 Sugar Bowl.
Deion tells Dan Patrick he’d consider coaching Hurricanes
NFL Hall of Famer and former Seminoles All-American defensive back Deion Sanders is making the rounds for broadcast outlets at Super Bowl 54 in Miami,. And it’s not just his NFL Network duties that made some news on Tuesday. Rather, it’s an interview, where he expressed more desire for coaching college football and maybe, even in the city where he currently is working this week.
Sanders appeared on The Dan Patrick television – radio show Tuesday in advance of the 49ers and the Chiefs meeting for pro football’s title at Hard Rock stadium Sunday night.
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) January 28, 2020
And, while most of the interview centered around the NFL and the Super Bowl match-up, Patrick naturally turned to Deion’s desire to apparently be a head coach in college football and maybe, as soon as next year.
This subject came up after Sanders was apparently under consideration to possibly be the new head coach at FSU, when they fired Willie Taggart in early November. The school and AD David Coburn did confirm that they had a serious formal discussion with “Prime Time” about building a staff, etc.
That’s when Patrick turn the questioning to Sanders’ son and what might test his loyalty to FSU and possibly, coaching at a hated-rival like the University of Miami.
“What if ‘The U’ called?” Patrick asked.
“You know what is so funny, cuz I saw that when I was watching you on television (earlier in the day when Patrick said he would ask Sanders about Miami). My son is a phenomenal quarterback. My youngest son. He has a plethora of offers. We’re going to visit ‘The U’ on Saturday,” Sanders said.
“But would you coach the U?,” Patrick quickly asked again.
“You know what. You never know,” Sanders replied leaving the door open, like most do.
“Are you a ‘package deal’ with your son,” asked Patrick?
“I’ve never been a package deal with any-body,” Sanders shot back, which drew laughter from the studio audience at Patrick’s Super Bowl show site.
Now, the Hurricanes have obviously floundered for much of the 2010s, including 2019 with first-year coach Manny Diaz struggling mightily down the stretch of his first season. Miami lost it’s final two games to finish 6 – 6, and then, were shutout humiliatingly by Louisiana Tech 14 – 0 in the Independence Bowl.
Miami has swapped offensive coordinators after Diaz fired Dan Enos after just his first season. The Canes have hired former Auburn and SMU play-caller Rhett Lashlee to replace him. And, they secured Houston dual threat transfer QB D’Eriq King for this season.
Sanders was a two-time All-American at Florida State (1987, ’88), and won the Jim Thorpe Award during his final season playing for the Seminoles in 1988. He was selected in the first round of the 1989 draft by the Atlanta Falcons and played in the NFL through the 2005 season.
His elite level of play earned him inductions into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Sanders has been analyst for the NFL Network for the past 10 years and clearly has the desire to try something else.