SEC office working with Florida Gators in wake of Hurricane Irma

Monday afternoon SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced that his office will work closely with the Florida Gators concerning Florida’s scheduled game this week against Tennessee.

“Now that the storm has passed through Gainesville, the University of Florida is working with local authorities to assess the effect of the storm on the campus and the Gainesville community, at the same time ensuring the appropriate security and local officials are available to host a game,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.

The Gators canceled a game last Saturday against Northern Colorado with Irma just off the coast of Florida. At that time Gator Country learned that Scott Stricklin and Florida’s Athletic Association began doing due diligence about potential alternate locations. With Irma now gone the UAA will access the damage on campus.

The Gators will not practice on Monday, which was apart of their pre-hurricane plan. Additionally, the University of Florida has cancelled classes through Wednesday.

Florida and Tennessee are scheduled to play as the CBS Game of the Week on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC