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FSU kickoff moved up to noon, Miami Hurricanes game canceled

Florida State moved the kickoff of Saturday's home game against Louisiana-Monroe up to noon.

MONICA HERNDON | Times

Florida State moved the kickoff of Saturday's home game against Louisiana-Monroe up to noon.

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The threat of Hurricane Irma continues to affect college football.

Florida State moved the kickoff of Saturday's home game against Louisiana-Monroe up seven hours. It will start at noon.

"We have moved the game time after consulting with a number of state agencies and based on the information we have on the potential impact on the state," FSU president John Thrasher said in a statement. "The earlier start will give ULM the opportunity to travel safely after the game, and provide many of our fans a chance to come to the game and return home in time to make any necessary preparations."

It will be televised on the syndicated Raycom Sports network.

Saturday's Miami game at Arkansas State has been canceled and won't be rescheduled.

"The decision to cancel these athletic contests is difficult, especially as some are scheduled to take place away from Miami," UM athletic director Blake James said. "However, we made the collective decision that we simply cannot put our student-athletes, coaches and staff in danger travelling to and from contests. As we have seen from the tragic impact of Hurricane Harvey-and from South Florida's own experiences-the impacts of hurricanes can be devastating and long-lasting, and can make travel extremely difficult and dangerous.

"I want to thank all of our opponents for their cooperation and understanding. Our thoughts are with those in the path of Hurricane Irma both here in South Florida and afar. We are comforted in knowing that our community is strong and will come together, if needed, to recover from the storm."

The Gators will likely announce their scheduling decision later today. Florida is scheduled to host Northern Colorado at 7:30.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:57am]

    

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