The Latest: ECU Relocating Team to Florida Ahead of Florence
The latest on Hurricane Florence's impact on college football (all times local):
East Carolina says it is relocating its football team to Florida by bus as Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas' coastline.
The school said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that it began the move to Orlando that morning. It cited lodging availability, the storm's projected path through the Carolinas and "lessons learned from past difficulties returning home to an area impacted by widespread flooding."
ECU says the move also will make it easier to deal with logistics for the team's game next week at South Florida in Tampa if flooding occurs back at the Greenville campus.
The school announced Tuesday that it wouldn't travel to Blacksburg, Virginia, for Saturday's scheduled game at No. 13 Virginia Tech. It cited safety concerns and potentially hazardous travel conditions before and after that game.
Second-ranked Clemson's game against Georgia Southern on Saturday has been moved up several hours because of Hurricane Florence.
Clemson announced Wednesday that the game in Death Valley would start at 3:30 p.m. instead of noon.
Like every other team in Florence's possible path, the Tigers are preparing for the game until told otherwise.
Old Dominion's football game at Charlotte (North Carolina) has been moved up to Thursday because of Hurricane Florence.
The schools made the announcement Wednesday. The game, originally scheduled for Saturday night, will be played at 4 p.m. at North Carolina.
The Monarchs traveled to Charlotte on Monday.
Also, VMI announced that its home game against East Tennessee State, also originally scheduled for Saturday, will now be played Friday at 2:30 p.m. The game was to be the centerpiece of alumni weekend, but the school announced that all reunion and parade events scheduled for the weekend have been cancelled.
Richmond has moved its scheduled home football game this week against St. Francis to the Red Flash's field in Pennsylvania because of Hurricane Florence.
The game was scheduled to be played Saturday at Richmond but will now be played at 5 p.m. Thursday on St. Francis' DeGol Field.
The schools made the announcement Wednesday, citing the forecast for deteriorating weather conditions and Virginia's state of emergency declaration.