Travel concerns for the visiting South Florida football team has resulted in Saturday's game being cancelled.
The American Athletic Conference opener for both teams was originally scheduled for noon on Saturday at Rentschler Field before it the kickoff time was pushed back to 10:30 a.m. in an attempt to allow the USF travel party to leave Connecticut and arrive back in Tampa before Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in the state of Florida.
“Obviously we are disappointed for our team and our fans at the cancellation of a home game,” UConn Director of Athletics said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with USF and all of the areas in the path of this storm. We wish them all the best as they deal with this terrible storm and are here ready to assist in any way that we can.”
Neither UConn nor South Florida have the same bye week so it wasn't possible to simply move the game to another week as was done in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins/Tampa Bay Buccaneers game.
“I know both our team and USF were excited about a chance to play this weekend,” UConn football coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “We certainly are disappointed, but clearly understand that this is something totally out of everyone’s control. I hope that Coach (Charlie) Strong, his team and the entire community impacted by this storm remain safe and know that we are thinking about them as they deal with this.”
While it is rare to have a football game removed from the schedule, it did happen in 1985 when the impact caused by Hurricane Gloria resulted in the Yale/UConn game not being played.
UConn will provide details next week to all USF game ticket holders regarding future ticket options due to the cancellation.
The next game for UConn is its road opener against Virginia on Sept. 16.