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Boston College, Richmond Considering Hurricane Dorian Contingency Plans

The storm is expected to churn up the east coast later this week

Richmond v Virginia Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images

With Hurricane Dorian set to come up the east coast later this week towards the northeast, Boston College Football Head Coach Steve Addazio addressed concerns on Tuesday that the game could be affected by the remnants of the storm. The Boston Herald and Boston Globe reported on Coach Addazio’s discussion of the subject yesterday after practices.

While the storm is currently expected to weaken significantly as it comes up the coast — and indeed the storm’s eye is largely projected to stay offshore — the size of the storm could mean that one or both of Richmond and/or Boston could be affected by the storm as it passes by. The timing isn’t great, with Dorian expected to pass by the North Carolina/Virginia coastlines early Friday and make its closest approach to Boston right around game time on Saturday, though according to the Globe, the Richmond athletics department isn’t expecting any travel issues for the trip to Boston.

But even if the Spiders make their way safely up the waterspout to Chestnut Hill, the game itself could be affected. Game time is currently set for 3:30pm, and Coach Addazio was mentioning game or time changes being on the table for the weekend, depending on the path and timing of the storm. TV shouldn’t be an issue, as the game is set to be streamed online on ACC Network Extra.

There’s obviously plenty of precedent to moving things around — last year’s game against Wake Forest in Week 3 was moved up due to the effects of Hurricane Florence. And of course, there was the [REDACTED] against [REDACTED] that was [REDACTED] Like It Never Even Happened™... though of course that was a bit of a different story.

It should be noted that at this time, per Boston College, the game is set to be played as scheduled and BC Athletics does not expect the game time to be moved. But we’ll keep an eye on things as the week progresses and as we learn more about the storm’s path and timing, and will provide updates should anything about this weekend’s game be changed.