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FAU football team staying in Wisconsin indefinitely due to Hurricane Irma

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The Florida Atlantic football team is remaining in Madison, Wisconsin, following its 31-14 loss to Wisconsin to keep out of the path of Hurricane Irma.

FAU athletic director Pat Chun told ESPN.com after the game Saturday that the team will stay in the city indefinitely.

Along with the team itself, Chun said the families of FAU coaches and staffers also accompanied the team to Madison to avoid Hurricane Irma.

Chun said the team’s return to Boca Raton, Florida, where the FAU campus is located, is dependent on several factors, including charter plane availability and access to local airports. More than 6 million Florida residents also have been ordered to evacuate because of the hurricane, which likely further complicates the Owls’ return.

FAU, at one point earlier this week, had doubts about playing the game at all before it was decided that traveling out of Hurricane Irma’s reach was the best option.

With the uncertainty ahead, Wisconsin officials have offered FAU the use of its facilities, lodging and other resources.

Several other Florida schools, including Florida, Florida State, Miami, UCF and USF, either canceled or postponed their football games this week. FIU moved its game against Alcorn State to Friday night in Birmingham, Alabama.

FAU currently is still scheduled to host Bethune-Cookman next Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET. Bethune-Cookman is located in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest hurricanes in recorded history, is expected to make landfall in Florida as a possible Category 4 storm. It’s been as a strong as a Category 5.

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