Source: Raymond James could host FSU-Miami, if moved

UPDATE: The University of Miami remains confident Saturday night's football game with FSU will be played in Miami, at Hard Rock Stadium, even with Hurricane Matthew bearing down on South Florida.

In a text message to the Miami Herald, Miami Athletic Director Blake James said they're examining all possibilities if the game is to be moved, but the plan is to keep the game in Miami.

“Our plan is to play at Hard Rock Stadium," James said. "If for whatever reason we are unable to play the game at Hard Rock Stadium we have brainstormed all possible ideas. With that said, my belief remains that we will play at Hard Rock Stadium.’’

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ORIGINAL STORY: As of Wednesday, with Hurricane Matthew inching closer to Florida's east coast, the University of Miami is still expected to host Florida State at Hard Rock Stadium for Saturday night's primetime football showdown.

However, if the game need-be moved, Tampa, and Raymond James Stadium, could be an option, per the Tampa Bay Times.

A source confirmed the news to 10Sports Thursday morning, saying it's "definitely a possibility." An announcement will be made by Thursday afternoon.

Florida State released a statement Wednesday afternoon stating the game is set to go on as scheduled, but both schools and the conference are exploring safe alternatives, if necessary.

Miami officials remain confident the game will be played in South Florida.

USF hosts East Carolina at Raymond James noon Saturday, while the Buccaneers are on the road Monday night in Charlotte.

The University of Florida will make a final decision on Saturday's home game against LSU Thursday afternoon. UCF has postponed its Friday night home game against Tulane to Nov. 5.

FSU, which usually travels on Thursdays for a Saturday game, will likely adjust its travel plans to South Florida.

It wouldn't be the first time a Hurricanes-Seminoles game was moved due to a hurricane. Miami was scheduled to host FSU on Labor Day in 2004, but the game was postponed and played four days later due to Hurricane Frances.


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