With the expanding Tropical Storm Isaac on the verge of turning into a hurricane Tuesday and following a path similar to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there were some doubts if the Rutgers-Tulane football game could be played Saturday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The storm could flood New Orleans with heavy rains and storm surge after it hits the city sometime Wednesday making it difficult for the Rutgers team to fly down on Friday or get to the Superdome in the storm's aftermath.
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood (that's his real name folks), however, doesn't anticipate that Isaac will affect the Scarlet Knights travel plans for Saturday night's opening game for both teams.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people down there," said Flood. "It comes at a time that is ominously close to the time of Katrina a couple of years ago. So we're hoping for the safety of everybody down in New Orleans, first and foremost."
The Tulane team, as they did in the windy face of Hurricane Gustav in 2008, will be practicing in Birmingham, Ala.. The Green Wave mulled over several options including sticking it out in New Orleans before deciding to prepare for the game at Legion Field in Birmingham Tuesday and Wednesday. They hope to return back to campus Wednesday night or Thursday morning — conditions permitting.
The Rutgers staff has been in contact with Tulane and is monitoring the situation, added Flood.
"As of right now, as of this minute, we don't have any plans to change our itinerary," the first-year head coach said. "We have heard nothing of postponing or changing the game or anything like that. But ... it's going to be an hour-to-hour process."