<
>

Frances could be off the coast of South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Citadel has postponed its home
opener against nearby Charleston Southern because of the potential
that Hurricane Frances could be off the coast of South Carolina
this weekend.

Citadel officials on Tuesday canceled all of the weekend's home
athletic competitions, including two women's soccer matches in the
Costco Soccer Classic.

Tuesday afternoon, Hurricane Frances was a Class 4 storm with
maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. The storm was located about 145
miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Projections called for the
storm to make landfall somewhere from central Florida to North
Carolina during the weekend.

The school said the decision was made early because of the
potential need to evacuate students.

"Given the circumstances, it was decided that this is the
appropriate decision to make to ensure the safety and security of
everyone at The Citadel," said Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds,
president of the college.

The schools will try to reschedule, Citadel athletic director
Les Robinson said.