As Florence moved onshore with the potential to drop catastrophic amounts of rain on the Carolinas and, eventually, northeast Georgia, University officials have made the decision to move Saturday’s game against Middle Tennessee State from 7:15 pm to noon.
Even though it appears the severe weather threat to the Athens area is minimal, the proximity to thousands of people fleeing the Carolinas is a traffic control concern. There’s the very real prospect that some of those folks will be looking for food and lodging in the Athens area Saturday night and, frankly, they'll need those resources more than you or I.
Add in that law enforcement and first responders in the area will have more pressing concerns than overserved fans and it becomes clear that it makes sense to get this one in early then get everybody off the roads. I think it’s a very reasonable decision under the circumstances, and I don’t care whether or not Danny Kannell agrees.
The game will be televised on ESPN News and will still stream on the WatchESPN app. Y’all stay safe out there, and remember that folks like the Red Cross can use your donations year round, but especially now.
And while this is a bit of a selfish concern, I have to believe Kirby Smart won’t shed any tears about avoiding a late night with a road trip to Missouri up next on the schedule. Until later...