Pat Shingleton: "Game On?"
Hurricane Matthew could punch Cape Canaveral with winds of 131 to 145 miles per hour at noontime Friday as a Category 4 storm. Scraping the east coast of Florida, it places the storm within 170 miles of Gainesville and 70 miles from the coast. By comparison, Baton Rouge is roughly 90 miles inland. Hurricane Gustav was also a Category 4 Storm with 147 mile per hour winds and represented the worst storm to hit Baton Rouge ever. As you may remember, power outages lasted for a month as it was also described as a tree remover with debris cleanup lasting until the end-of-the-year. How will Gainesville be able to host a football game with LSU in a storm environment that could include similar power outages, evacuations and the dismissal of Florida State students from the campus? LSU is originally scheduled to fly from Baton Rouge to Tampa then motor coach to Ocala and bus to Gainesville on Saturday. Additional indications are a possible evening kick-off shift to accommodate the television schedules. This afternoon the determination will be made at 1:00 as it highly possible this game may not be played on Saturday due to the impact of Matthew.