Sept. 2, 2004
The Florida State athletics department confirmed today that the college football game between Florida State and Miami scheduled for Monday, September 6, in the Orange Bowl has been rescheduled for Friday, September 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the same location. The game will be nationally televised by ABC.
“Postponing the football game is the right thing to do,” said FSU Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “The game will have the same appeal on Friday night that we witnessed leading up to the month of September. It remains in a prime-time nationally televised window which could not have been the case next Saturday. The High School Athletic Associations’ understanding and cooperation regarding this exception to our collective stance in opposition of playing our conference games on Friday nights is much appreciated. I hope the game will ultimately provide a temporary outlet for anyone who might be negatively impacted by the approaching storm. At this time all of our focus, thoughts and prayers are with those who might be in the path of the storm.”
“The first priority in deciding to postpone and reschedule the Florida State at Miami football game was public safety,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The course of Hurricane Frances has been monitored for days now and should it continue on its current path, it would directly affect the safety of numerous student-athletes, institutional personnel, fans and the residents of Florida. Our top priority is the issue of public safety for everyone.
“After discussing rescheduling options with Miami and Florida State, and considering the fact that this game was to be telecast nationally by ABC, it has been agreed that the game will be rescheduled for Friday night, September 10, at 8:00 p.m. Fortunately, both teams have open dates scheduled for that weekend and both universities agreed that their preference was to play on Friday night given the circumstances at hand.
“In regards to our Conference position against televising games on Friday nights, we discussed this with Charlie Adams, the Executive Director for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, who works with us in coordinating our efforts with the various High School Athletic Associations in our geographic footprint. We appreciate the understanding and support of the high school leadership with this extreme circumstance that will not change the conference’s position on playing regularly-scheduled conference football games on Friday night.
“As much as we anticipate this game between these great rivals, public safety and welfare obviously outweigh any other considerations. At the appropriate time, we will once again turn our attention to the excitement and anticipation of this ACC match-up.”
The last time Florida State rescheduled a game was in 2001 when the home game against Georgia Tech scheduled for September 15 was rescheduled for December 1 following the terrorist attacks on September 11th .