Florida St., FAMU keep tabs on Hurricane Michael

Florida State Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart reacts against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday.Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State and Florida A&M officials are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Michael, which strengthened to Category 4 storm on Wednesday.

Hurricane Michael is expected to bring catastrophic winds up to 145 miles per hour to the state’s panhandle.

“All decisions on whether or not we will hold practices or competitions over the next several days will be based on the safety of the student-athletes, staff and fans,” Florida State athletic director David Coburn said in a statement to the Tallahassee Democrat.

The Seminoles, who aren’t scheduled to play this weekend, plan to resume team activities on Saturday. Florida State’s next game is against visiting Wake Forest on Oct. 20.

“Majority of them won’t be here,” coach Willie Taggart said of his team’s players and personnel, via ESPN.com. “I think we only have two guys that will be here and they’re local guys, so they’ll be with their families. Everyone else will be gone and come back on Saturday for practice.”

Florida A&M (4-2) is scheduled to face North Carolina A&T (5-1) on Saturday, and it’s not a favorable decision, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. The newspaper cited “pushback from the (FAMU) coaching staff.”

“It’s extremely difficult. I’d be naive to say I can juggle all of these things and not be stressed about any of them,” Florida A&M coach Willie Simmons said. “Preparing for A&T is the least of the concerns at this point. Football enthusiasts might not want to hear that. Assuring the well-being of my wife, our four kids, our home and pets are top.”