With Hurricane Irma arriving in South Florida, FAU brings team, coaches’ families to Wisconsin | Sun-Sentinel.com

As the week leading into Florida Atlantic’s visit to No. 9 Wisconsin dragged on and Hurricane Irma threatened South Florida, FAU athletic director Pat Chun was faced with a decision.

Should the Owls continue with their plans to fly to Madison, Wis., or should the team cancel the trip and release coaches and players to prepare for the storm?

Schools around the state were faced with similar decisions. Miami was the first school to nix a road game at Arkansas State. USF canceled an away game to Connecticut. Florida, Florida State and UCF all canceled home games. FIU played its home game against Alcorn State in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday night.

As the college football cancellations piled up, FAU stuck out like an outlier. But because it was planning on evacuating the area and heading to Wisconsin, a last-minute switch would have left coaches and players unprepared to face a major hurricane, Chun said.

After the Owls’ 31-14 loss to the Badgers, FAU coach Lane Kiffin said “at one point, I thought we weren’t coming.” FAU got paid $1.2 million to play the game, according to the game contract.

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