CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The looming threat of Tropical Storm Isaac is already affecting the Miami Hurricanes, and plenty of other teams across South Florida.
The Hurricanes moved Saturday’s practice 35 miles north to the Miami Dolphins’ indoor facility, and will not practice on Sunday because of the storm. University officials have closed campus through Monday because of the storm, which is expected to bring high wind and several inches of rain Sunday and Monday.
Miami opens its season on Sept. 1 at Boston College. Practice is scheduled to resume for the Hurricanes on Tuesday.
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Florida International also has closed through Monday. FIU’s football team wasn’t scheduled to practice this weekend, though the school canceled a Sunday women’s soccer match with Morehead State. FIU is scheduled to resume practice Monday, though that could change depending on what the storm brings.
The schedule also forced the Dolphins to make some adjustments. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin brought his team in for practice Saturday morning, after losing a preseason game to Atlanta on Friday night.
“We came in today as opposed to having today off when the weather is at least not threatening to anybody,” Philbin said.
Philbin said the Dolphins were also planning to work early Sunday, before the worst of Isaac was expected. The Dolphins’ exhibition game with the Falcons ended amid a fierce downpour, possibly created by one of Isaac’s outermost bands.
“We’re just making sure that everybody is safe and we can get the work done that we need to get done at the appropriate time when it is relevant,” Philbin said.
Isaac’s pending arrival also forced Miami Heat star Chris Bosh to cancel his planned Sunday appearance at a community festival in Miami Beach to benefit his Team Tomorrow non-profit organization. On the Gulf coast side of the state in Fort Myers, a women’s soccer match between Florida Atlantic and Wisconsin-Green Bay was moved up from Sunday to Saturday to beat the storm, and another game there between Florida Gulf Coast and Illinois State has been moved up to 10 a.m. Sunday for the same reason.
Hurricane watches and warnings are posted for parts of Florida, including the Tampa area, where the Republican National Convention starts Monday. GOP officials said Saturday that the convention will open Monday as planned, then be immediately recessed until Tuesday afternoon because of Isaac’s expected arrival.