Florida State and Miami may have to wait a few days before playing their season opener.
School officials strongly were considering postponing the game five days from Monday to Sept. 11 because of Hurricane Frances. They are expected to announce a decision today.
"We'd like to play it, but I'm not sure it's in the cards," Florida State President T.K. Wetherell said yesterday.
Wetherell said evacuations along Florida's east coast would cause travel problems for fans, band members and others heading south to the Orange Bowl. The hurricane also could be moving through Tallahassee on Sunday or Monday.
"I'm not sure we want to be gone with all that going on," Wetherell said.
ABC executives and officials from both schools were discussing proposals for rescheduling the game. A likely scenario would move it to Sept. 11.
The game between No. 5 Florida State and No. 6 Miami was scheduled to be the only prime-time game on Labor Day.
"I hope it still works, but it sure doesn't look good," Wetherell said.
Frances, a Category 4 hurricane with 140 mph winds, was due near Florida's Atlantic coast late tomorrow or early Saturday.
The threat of the hurricane forced Hampton and Jackson State to move their Saturday season opener from Orlando's Citrus Bowl to Virginia.
Other Florida schools were waiting to see Frances' progress before deciding what to do about their season openers. No. 11 Florida hosts Middle Tennessee State on Saturday night, while Savannah State and Bethune-Cookman play in Jacksonville.
Florida International also plays against Jacksonville today in Miami.
In baseball, the Florida Marlins had not decided whether to postpone any of this weekend's three-game series against the Chicago Cubs.
Also, the University of Florida men's basketball team postponed a weekend trip to the Bahamas. The trip will be rescheduled.
-- From News Services