Hurricane Irma has caused the cancellation of a few college football games this weekend, including Florida hosting Northern Colorado and Miami traveling to Arkansas State. While the Gators canceling their game in Gainesville has been applauded, the fact that the Hurricanes didn’t travel to Jonesboro, Ark., has been criticized by some.
Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is not going to stand for the critics, especially during a time when most of South Florida is being evacuated. Diaz posted a message on Twitter directed at Brett McMurphy, who earlier had questioned the Hurricanes’ motive for canceling the game.
— Manny Diaz (@Coach_MannyDiaz) September 8, 2017
McMurphy wasn’t the only member of the media to question the Hurricanes, as CBS Sports’ Rick Neuheisel said earlier this week that he finds the cancellation of the Arkansas State game suspicious.
“I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with being very safe and an ounce of prevention, right, the old saying, but FAU, which is sitting there in Boca, is traveling to Wisconsin this week,” Neuheisel said, per Diehards.com. “FIU has changed their home game with Alcorn State to travel to Birmingham and play. South Florida’s traveling to Connecticut to play. Central Florida’s playing on Friday night.
“By the way, the folks in Arkansas State offered Miami to come and play on Friday, if that would make it easier for them. And Florida moved their game up to play Northern Colorado to noon to make sure everybody … I get it, but this is suspicious.”