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Friday November 24th, 2017 12:38AM

Tech game at UCF cancelled due to Irma; SEC in talks over Vols at Gators

By The Associated Press

UCF is hosting the National Guard this weekend, and not Georgia Tech.

The Knights will get a second consecutive weekend off from football games because of the effects of Hurricane Irma. UCF was scheduled to host Georgia Tech on Saturday but that game has been called off and will not be rescheduled. The school, located in Orlando, is using its stadium as a staging ground for 1,000 National Guard members and 250 vehicles needed to assist with Irma-related recovery.

UCF also couldn't play this past weekend against Memphis because of the storm.

UCF athletic director Danny White says the Knights are "honored to host the National Guard and play a part in helping our community and state recover from Irma."
Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury, who was UCF's AD from 2012 through 2015, says he agrees with the move and that recovery from the story "should be and is the top priority for UCF and the entire state of Florida at this time."

Miami and Florida State, like UCF, are also going to miss two straight game weekends because of the storm.


SEC TALKING OVER TENNESSEE AT FLORIDA

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey says the league is communicating with Tennessee and Florida officials about the status of their scheduled Saturday matchup in Gainesville as Hurricane Irma continues to wreak havoc on sports in the region.

Sankey said in statement Monday that, "Now that the storm has passed through Gainesville, the University of Florida is working with local authorities to assess the effect of the storm on the campus and the Gainesville community, at the same time ensuring the appropriate security and local officials are available to host a game."

Tennessee coach Butch Jones says the 23rd-ranked Volunteers are preparing to face No. 24 Florida expecting the game will be played in Gainesville as scheduled.

SEC rules say that "if extenuating circumstances" require that the date or location of a game be rescheduled, the participating schools will determine when and where it be played, subject to Sankey's approval. Florida and Tennessee aren't off on the same weekend going forward.

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