With Hurricane Florence on the Carolina coastline, conferences and schools monitor the progress of the fortifying storm and investigate contingencies for games this week.
The National Hurricane Center issued a recommendation on Monday that the storm is expected to approach the North or South Carolina coast Thursday as an "extremely dangerous big hurricane". That would be the same day that Wake Forest hosts Boston College in a matchup at the Atlantic Coastal Conference, and two days before six power conference schools host non-conference games in the Carolinas and Virginia.
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For now, the teams continue with game week plans until the opposite is said.
"We expect to play and continue and plan as we will until someone says we will not," said North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren, whose Wolfpack is host to No. 14 West Virginia. "That is really the best we can do in this situation."
Florence was stabilized on Monday afternoon in a category 4 storm with maximum sustained wind close to 130 mph, according to the hurricane center. The projected path seems to run through the center of North Carolina but can also go through South Carolina and Virginia. And some predictions cause the storm to linger slower than the Carolinas, where heavy rainfall is spread all the way to West Virginia, leading to floods and power outages.
It has forced at least one change: the Saturday home game of Coastal Carolina in Conway, South Carolina, against Campbell in the Sun Belt Conference moved to Wednesday afternoon and moved to Campbell's campus in Buies Creek, North Carolina,
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In the ACC football book, games can be delayed, moved, suspended, canceled or deferred if the circumstances "threaten the safety of the participants in the game and / or fans present". Meanwhile, UNC, North Carolina State and Wake Forest declared all statements that they were following the storm, with N.C. State and UNC noted that they also consulted with regional authorities.
In North Carolina, No. 18 UCF UNC in Chapel Hill on Saturday at noon followed by a few hours later by the West Virginia-N.C. Government comparison about 30 miles east of Raleigh.
"I know they have been constantly talking about the hurricane," said Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora. "The main concern is the safety of the fans and the safety of the people working in the stadium and the safety of the players, so I know the university will do what is right, I do not doubt it and I will go along with what they decide. "
In South Carolina, no. 2, Clemson welcomes Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon, while South Carolina hosts Marshall that evening. And Virginia, number 13, Virginia Tech, organizes East Carolina – which has been canceling the lessons for the rest of the week since the afternoon of the week – while Virginia is host to Ohio in the afternoon games.
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"First of all, it's important to get the idea across to the team that they can not worry or accept anything," said Hokies coach Justin Fuente. "We simply do not know what is going to happen and we have no control over it, we have to worry about the things we can control."
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