Hurricane Harvey is breaking along the coast of Texas at the speak, with the potential to be this nation’s most devastating storm since Katrina. Classified a Category 3 hurricane, officials warn Harvey will linger along the Texas gulf coast throughout the weekend, leading to potentially 35 inches of rain and subsequent possibly deadly flooding on top of the already catastrophic damage a Cat 3 storm causes.
This is, obviously, a major issue for everyone along the Texas coast and in the greater Houston area, the nation’s sixth-largest metro area. Millions of people are headed for safer pasture, and that includes the football programs caught in Harvey’s projected path.
But as those programs deal with the immediate threat in front of them, there is still a season for which to prepare.
As such, Houston is headed up Highway 290 to practice at Texas for the time being.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 25, 2017
Houston has a couple obvious connections to head to Austin — head coach Major Applewhite is a former Longhorn player and coach, and Texas head coach Tom Herman was previously the head man at Houston. You could say these two programs know each other.
“We are grateful to the University of Texas and its football program for opening their doors to us. We are also thankful to the other programs from across the state of Texas that offered shelter to our program during this time. We are hopeful for the best in Houston but are preparing for every situation,” Applewhte said in a statement. “We ask everyone to keep the city of Houston, all affected areas across the Gulf Coast and its residents in their thoughts and prayers.”
U of H is not the only program in Harvey’s path, obviously. Rice is in Australia to play Stanford. Houston Baptist, Texas Southern, Prairie View A&M, Lamar and Texas A&M-Kingsville are each also in Harvey’s path, and here’s wishing the utmost safety for each of them.