As Hurricane Florence moves in on the East Coast this weekend, college football teams in areas with expected weather have taken precautions by canceling or postponing week 3 games.
Here are the FCS games affected by the hurricane:
Colgate at Furman — Canceled
Furman announced the cancelation of its Saturday home game in Greenville, South Carolina, against Colgate on Wednesday due to the impending storm. Furman athletic director Mike Buddie said the Paladins will not reschedule the game with the Raiders, but will search for a game to play during their previously scheduled bye week on Oct. 6.
Campbell at Coastal Carolina — Moved to Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET
With evacuations occuring along the the coast due to Hurricane Florence, Coastal Carolina announced that its home football game versus Campbell originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, in Conway, S.C., will be moved to Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. ET at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C.
ICYMI: @CoastalFootball schedule change – The Chants will play AT Campbell Wednesday, September 12 at 2pm due to threat of Hurricane Florence approaching the Grand Strand.
— #CoastalRising (@GoCCUsports) September 10, 2018
“Given the close proximity of our campuses and based on current available information regarding the storm, there was mutual interest in playing the game on Wednesday,” said CCU Director of Athletics Matt Hogue in a statement released by the school. “The safety of our student-athletes, fans and event staff are of the utmost concern to Coastal Carolina University.”
Robert Morris at James Madison – Moved to Thursday at 7 p.m. ET
Robert Morris announced that its away game versus James Madison has been moved from Saturday, Sept. 15 to Thursday, Sept. 13 due to the hurricane expected to reach Virginia on Saturday morning.
PREVIEW I #2 JMU gets set for a Thursday prime time game against RMU to open the home schedule.
— JMU Football (@JMUFootball) September 12, 2018
This will be the first meeting between the two schools in program history, and just the fourth night game in program history for Robert Morris, according to the school.
Guilford at Davidson – Moved to Thursday at 7 p.m. ET
Due to the expected weather in North Carolina, Guilford’s away game at Davidson College has been moved up to this Thursday at 7 p.m. in Davidson, North Carolina.
North Carolina Central at South Carolina State – Rescheduled
Saturday’s matchup at South Carolina State has been postponed due to the weather threat posed by Hurricane Florence and the State of Emergency for the states of North Carolina and South Carolina, according to a release from South Carolina State. The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24 in Orangeburg, S.C.
Richmond vs. St. Francis- Moved to Thursday at 5 p.m. at St. Francis
🚨GAME UPDATE🚨 More details for fans holding tickets to Saturday’s football game against Saint Francis will be made available once further information is obtainable. As soon as those details are finalized, it will be communicated with all impacted parties. 🕷🏈 #OneRichmond pic.twitter.com/SvylajCYDf
— Richmond Athletics (@SpiderAthletics) September 12, 2018
With Hurricane Florence headed straight for the East Coast, Richmond will no longer host St. Francis on Saturday. Instead, the Spiders will evacuate campus and head north to play the Red Flash on Thursday, two days earlier than the scheduled game.
Charleston Southern at The Citadel – Postponed
In a statement released by The Citadel Athletics, it was announced that Saturday’s matchup will be postponed, and that players and staff will be released to evacuate Charleston in accordance with the emergency response plans at both colleges.
— The Citadel Football (@CitadelFootball) September 9, 2018
The meeting between the two teams has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29 at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, S.C. The game will only be played if neither team qualifies for the FCS playoffs.
Norfolk State at Liberty – Rescheduled
Due to the forecasted weather expected to reach Virginia related to Hurricane Florence, the football game between Norfolk State and Liberty has been postponed until Saturday, Dec. 1. According to a release from Liberty, provided Norfolk State has not qualified for postseason play, the Flames will host the Spartans at Williams Stadium for a 2 p.m. kickoff.
If Norfolk State makes the playoffs, the game would be canceled.
Elon at William & Mary – Postponed
The game between Elon and William & Mary scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15 has been postponed. According to a release from William & Mary, both schools will be working with the Colonial Athletic Association to reschedule the competition, but no make-up date has been identified at this time.
— Elon Phoenix (@ElonPhoenix) September 12, 2018
Tennessee State at Hampton – Canceled
Tennessee State announced that due to the impending impact of Hurricane Florence its game scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15 at Hampton has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
Savannah State at Howard- Postponed
Savannah State and Howard, two schools on opposite ends of Hurricane Florence’s path, will not meet this weekend for their previously scheduled games. Traveling and competing during the storm could pose a threat to the student-athletes, and the schools have decided to postpone the game out of concern for safety. A new date has not yet been set for the makeup game, but MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas said the teams will look to pick a time to play each other as soon as possible.
East Tennessee State at VMI- Moved to Friday at 2:30 p.m.
VMI will still host East Tennessee State in this week’s football game, but the matchup has been moved to Friday due to threat of storms headed for the North Carolina and Virginia coasts this weekend. Alumni weekend festivities and Friday parade will be canceled for the VMI campus community.
Western Carolina at Gardner-Webb – Moved to Friday at 6 p.m. ET
The in-state matchup has been pushed up to this Friday, Sept. 14 at 6p.m. at Spangler Stadium.
Stetson vs. Presbyterian- Moved to 12 p.m. ET
Hurricane Florence Forces Home Opener To DeLand
— PC Football (@BlueHoseFtball) September 12, 2018
Instead of traveling to Clinton, South Carolina for their first road game of the season, the Hatters will now head down to DeLand, Florida, a location further outside of Hurricane Florence’s path, for their game against Presbyterian. The game will be played on Saturday at noon.
“Out of an abundance of caution while looking at the forecast for Hurricane Florence and considering several options, we made the decision to move the football game to Stetson,” Presbyterian Athletics Director Danny Sterling said. “Throughout this process we kept the focus on ensuring the safety of our’s and Stetson’s fans, players, and staffs. We came up with this solution keeping those priorities in mind and are excited to be headed to Deland, Fla., on Saturday.”