East Carolina announced today on their official athletics web site that they will not be making the trip to Blacksburg for Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech
The article can be read here, and here is the text of it, in its entirety.
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Citing significant imminent safety concerns, ECU has decided it will not travel to Blacksburg for Saturday’s football game against Virginia Tech due to the forecast track of Hurricane Florence that includes the high probability of a catastrophic impact on the region and perilous travel conditions before, during and after the storm.
Florence, a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 140 mph, is projected by the National Hurricane Center to maintain its track for landfall on the North Carolina coast before affecting the Greenville area with flood-producing rainfall and destructive winds as early as Thursday. The storm is predicted to be more severe than anything the University has experienced in nearly 20 years and its impact could be unprecedented.
The safety and welfare for everyone in the path of this storm is the University’s main priority and decisions regarding athletics events are made in the best interest of ensuring the safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff and their families. In fact, all ECU athletics teams are prohibited from traveling for competition purposes this weekend. This is also consistent with the NCAA’s requirement that member institutions protect the health of and provide a safe environment for student-athletes.
It is ECU’s hope the game can be rescheduled at a later date this season.
Shortly after ECU’s release, Virginia Tech confirmed the news, and the Tech Athletic Department indicated that no other decisions have been made regarding other athletic events at Virginia Tech this weekend.
In addition, Virginia Tech did not release any details on “fans holding tickets to Saturday’s football game,” pending a possible rescheduling of the game.
Here is a link to Virginia Tech’s press release, the full content of which follows.
BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech Athletics confirmed Tuesday that East Carolina University has indicated to Tech Athletics officials that it will not travel to Blacksburg for Saturday’s scheduled football game due to the impending impact of Hurricane Florence.
Tech officials had planned on waiting until Wednesday before making a determination on the status of Saturday’s game in hopes that the contest could still be safely played as scheduled once more definitive information on the storm’s projected track and anticipated impact on Southwest Virginia became available.
No decisions regarding the status of other Virginia Tech Athletics home events scheduled for this weekend have been made at this time.
More details for fans holding tickets to Saturday’s football game against East Carolina will be made available once further information is available on whether the game could potentially be rescheduled. As soon as those details are finalized, it will be communicated with all impacted parties.