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Athletic Director Patrick Chun addresses Hurricane Matthew impact on athletics (Updates)

No decision has been made yet on Saturday’s football game against Charlotte.

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Athletic director Patrick Chun in a Dec. 9, 2014 press conference. Max Jackson | Staff Photographer

Athletic director Patrick Chun in a Dec. 9, 2014 press conference. Max Jackson | Staff Photographer

Athletic director Patrick Chun in a Dec. 9, 2014 press conference. Max Jackson | Staff Photographer

Brendan Feeney, Sports Editor

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Update (11:59 a.m.) According to a tweet from FAU Athletics, football has postponed its game versus Charlotte from Saturday to Sunday at noon due to Hurricane Matthew.

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urricane Matthew is approaching South Florida and has already impacted all of FAU’s sports, said athletic director Patrick Chun.

The following games have been cancelled:

  • Women’s golf tournament in Boca Raton from Oct. 5-7
  • Men’s soccer game at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Virginia on Friday, Oct. 7
  • Softball exhibitions in Boca Raton against Miami-Dade College on Friday, Oct. 7 and the State of Florida College on Sunday, Oct. 9
  • Women’s tennis in Fort Myers from Oct. 7-9

FAU women’s soccer match in Hattiesburg, Mississippi is still scheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m. and Friday’s home volleyball match against Rice University has been moved to Tuesday at noon.

No decision has been made yet regarding the Owls football game against Charlotte on Saturday.

“We’re going to see what happens with the storm, make an assessment on Friday,” Chun said. “The goal is to play the game, but the storm and Saturday is a long way from now … We’re at the mercy of Mother Nature at this point.”

For the moment, Chun said plan A is to play the game as scheduled, plan B is to have a delay and play that night and plan C is to postpone the game to Sunday.

In the meantime, the Owls will head up to Tampa to practice at the University of South Florida for the next couple days.

Rain found its way to both of FAU’s first two games, against Southern Illinois and Miami. Two weeks later, lightning strikes caused four different delays in the Ball State game.

In 2004, Hurricane Frances forced the Owls to play five-straight road games to start the season. A year later, Hurricane Wilma relocated the their final home game against North Texas to Dolphins Stadium — now known as Hard Rock Stadium — in Miami. 

Brendan Feeney is the sports editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email brendanrfeeney@gmail.com or tweet him @feeney42.

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