CARROLLTON, Ga. – While Hurricane Dorian lashes the southeastern coast of the United States this week, two institutions in the University System of Georgia worked together to find a safe practice solution for the Savannah State University football program in Carrollton.
The Savannah State University administration and coaches – with their team in the midst of preseason preparations for its season opener against Florida Tech in Savannah this Sunday – were concerned the hard work the Tigers had put in for the past month would be all for naught as the Category 5 hurricane barreled toward the U.S. coast.
“We are more than happy to accommodate the Savannah State football program,” Dickey said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our university to help out a fellow University System of Georgia institution in need, and I would hope that any institution would be willing to offer us help in the same way if needed.”
Since arriving in Carrollton on Tuesday, home base for the Tigers has been the Student Recreation Center. They’ve practiced on the old UWG football practice fields across from the Murphy Building and dined at the Z-6 Dining Hall.
“This week, we have certainly witnessed the determined spirit of SSU’s outstanding students and educators to remain focused on their vision for success even during unforeseeable challenges,” said Dr. Xavier Whitaker, UWG’s vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. “We look forward to a continued partnership in celebrating student engagement and transformative learning within our campus communities.”
The Savannah State football program will remain in Carrollton until Saturday, as students living in on-campus housing at SSU are able to return Saturday at 7 p.m. The Tigers will open their 2019 schedule on Sunday at home, facing a familiar foe for the Wolves in Gulf South Conference member Florida Tech.