Stick with me as I continue to update this entry.
We already know Tulane shut down the school on Saturday. This story from ESPN.com says that LSU has also closed its Baton Rouge campus until at least Tuesday. Same thing for South Mississippi (do they mean Southern Miss?). LSU also has cancelled Monday's practice.
Earlier I created an image showing Katrina's expected path and D-1 programs near its path (thumbnail below, those little yellow dots)
Not much has changed since then, but it appears the storm could deliver a lot of storms, rain, flooding and tornados across much of the South. As such, Katrina could also affect not only the ten named schools, but also others in the region. We'll begin to document what happens with those programs as the storm moves away from the nation's southern shores and into land. The Weather Channel says tropical storm-like conditions are expected fairly far inland. I hunch this means places like Tennessee, Kentucky, the Carolinas, and points nearby.
I anticipate the early-season schedule will become quite muddled as a handful of programs must either 1)relocate in order to practice for their opening week games or 2)ditch practice to attend to helping their cities and towns recover.
Here are the programs I highlighted in the map earlier, with their opening week games:
- North Texas @ LSU 8 ET
- Louisiana-Lafayette @ Texas 7 ET
- Murray State @ Mississippi State 7 ET
- Cal Poly @ Troy 7 ET
- Middle Tennessee State @ Alabama 7 ET
- UAB @ Tennessee 1230 ET
- Georgia Tech @ Auburn 845 ET
- Tulane @ Southern Miss 4 ET
- Mississippi @ Memphis 430 ET