cloudy
Tuesday September 25th, 2018 3:58AM

The Latest: MEAC calls off game at South Carolina State.

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence's impact on college football (all times local):

9:45 p.m.

The game between North Carolina Central and South Carolina State set for Saturday has been postponed until Nov. 24. The contest was to be South Carolina State's first home game in Orangeburg, South Carolina, after opening the season at Georgia Southern and UCF the previous two weeks.

The schools both compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in the FCS.

MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas said the game called off due to Hurricane Florence's approach, citing health and safety considerations for the players and fans.

Orangeburg is about 75 miles from South Carolina's coast.

___

5:45 p.m.

The game between East Carolina and No. 13 Virginia Tech is now off the weekend schedule due to Hurricane Florence.

The schools issued statements confirming Saturday's game wouldn't be played. East Carolina officials say they had decided the team wouldn't travel to Blacksburg due to "significant imminent safety concerns," including "perilous travel conditions before, during and after the storm."

In its own release, Virginia Tech officials said they had planned to wait until Wednesday to review updated storm projections before making a determination on the game.

ECU officials say they hope to be able to reschedule the game later this season.

The decision brings the total to three games involving ranked teams that won't be played this weekend due to the Category 4 storm. No. 14 West Virginia's game at North Carolina State and No. 18 UCF's game at North Carolina are the others.

___

5:15 p.m.

Hampton's football game with Tennessee State has been cancelled due to the threat of Hurricane Florence.

The two schools had announced earlier in the day that the game wouldn't be played as scheduled Saturday. At the time, a potential makeup date wasn't announced.

Tennessee State announced later Tuesday afternoon that the game wouldn't be rescheduled.

___

4:15 p.m.

Virginia is moving its football game against Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee due to Hurricane Florence's approach.

Cavaliers athletic director Carla Williams says safety is the top priority in the decision. Relocating the game also will allow emergency personnel in the Charlottesville, Virginia area to focus on regional needs brought by the hurricane.

The Cavaliers (1-1) will face Ohio (1-0) on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium. Admission will be free.

___

2:45 p.m.

Several schools in Virginia and South Carolina aren't waiting to adjust their schedules with Hurricane Florence looming.

In South Carolina, Charleston Southern's game at The Citadel on Saturday in Charleston has been postponed to Nov. 29 — as long as neither has qualified for the FCS playoffs.

In Virginia, James Madison has moved its home opener against Robert Morris from Saturday to Thursday night to get ahead of the storm. William & Mary has canceled events from Friday through Sunday, including its football opener against Elon on Saturday.

In addition, Hampton is postponing all athletics events from Friday through Tuesday, including Saturday's football game against Tennessee State. Neither school announced a date for the games to be played.

___

2:15 p.m.

It's unclear when the UCF-North Carolina and West Virginia-North Carolina State games could be rescheduled after Hurricane Florence, if at all.

UNC's bye weekend is Oct. 6 but UCF hosts SMU that day in an American Athletic Conference matchup. UCF's only open weekend comes Oct. 27, but that's when the Tar Heels visit Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In its news release, UCF says it's "unlikely" that the school could replace UNC with another game since there's a Thursday home game against Temple following its open weekend to leave a short week of preparation.

North Carolina State's open weekend is Oct. 13, but West Virginia is playing at Iowa State that day. The Mountaineers' open weekend comes Oct. 20 while the Wolfpack travels to No. 2 Clemson.

The other option is the weekend of Dec. 1, though that could conflict with conference championship games.

___

1:35 p.m.

Hurricane Florence is forcing Duke to travel early for Saturday's game at Baylor in Texas.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe says the team will leave Durham on Thursday instead of its typical Friday departure because it's "our best opportunity to get out." From there, the Blue Devils will find a high school near Waco to hold a final practice and walk-through before the game.

It's unclear if some other games in the Carolinas or Virginia could be affected by the storm.

In South Carolina, No. 2 Clemson hosts Georgia Southern in the afternoon while South Carolina hosts Marshall that night.

In Virginia, No. 13 Virginia Tech hosts East Carolina while Virginia and Ohio meet in afternoon games.

___

1:10 p.m.

North Carolina State's home game against No. 14 West Virginia won't take place Saturday with Hurricane Florence approaching the state.

The schools announced the change Tuesday afternoon, citing the "increasing likelihood of severe and unsafe conditions." The school said the decision came after discussions with West Virginia, the Atlantic Coast Conference and emergency management officials.

It's unclear if the game will be rescheduled.

___

12:50 p.m.

North Carolina's game against No. 18 UCF won't take place Saturday and Wake Forest's Thursday night matchup with Boston College will start two hours earlier due to Hurricane Florence.

The Tar Heels were set to play their first home game in Chapel Hill after two road losses. But UNC announced Tuesday afternoon that the game wouldn't be played as scheduled, though the schools will continue discussions on whether to play the game later this season.

In a statement, UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham called it "the sensible decision at this time" with Florence's projected path carrying the storm through the state.

The Atlantic Coast Conference also announced that Wake Forest's game against BC in Winston-Salem will now start at 5:30 p.m. to get done earlier with Florence approaching the Carolinas' coastline Thursday and Friday.

___

More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, College Sports, AP Sports - College Football
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US marks 9/11 with somber tributes; Trump speaks at PA site
US marks 9/11 with somber tributes; Trump hails 'moment America fought back' at Pennsylvania memorial site
9:58PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Single mom, gay man highlight New Hampshire primary wins
A toss-up congressional district featuring 17 candidates topped the ballot Tuesday in a New Hampshire primary that provides one of the final measures of the country's mood before November's midterm election
9:58PM ( 12 minutes ago )
The Latest: MEAC calls off game at South Carolina State.
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has called off Saturday's football game at South Carolina State
9:54PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Chris Sale returns to Red Sox with scoreless inning vs Jays
Chris Sale pitched a scoreless inning for the Boston Red Sox in his first start since going on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation
8:31PM ( 1 hour ago )
Blue Jays OF Grichuk back 2 days after colliding with chair
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk is back in the lineup, two days after he crashed face-first into a guard's metal chair. Grichuk as starting in right field and batting fifth as the Blue Jays played at Boston
7:36PM ( 2 hours ago )
Yzerman steps down as Lightning GM, BriseBois takes over
Steve Yzerman steps down as Lightning GM, replaced by longtime assistant Julien BriseBois
6:40PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Sports
The Latest: Hampton-Tennessee State won't be rescheduled
Tennessee State-Hampton football game cancelled due to Hurricane Florence
5:20PM ( 4 hours ago )
The Latest: Ohio-Virginia game relocated due to Florence
Virginia is moving its home game against Ohio out of state due to Hurricane Florence
4:17PM ( 5 hours ago )
The Latest: Florence forces adjustments in Virginia, SC
Several schools in Virginia and South Carolina aren't waiting to adjust their schedules due to Hurricane Florence
2:45PM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Online Football
The Latest: Hurricane warnings issued for parts of Carolinas
Forecasters have issued a hurricane warning for parts of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence barrels toward land
5:17PM ( 4 hours ago )
Prisons chief: Execution drug supply error not state's fault
Nevada's prisons director says a supplier's error providing drugs the state wanted for an execution wasn't the state's fault, and he felt no obligation meet manufacturer demands to return them
5:08PM ( 5 hours ago )
Bettman tells AP: NHL in mediation on concussion lawsuit
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman tells The Associated Press the league is complying with a judge's order by entering mediation with former players in a bid to settle a concussion lawsuit
5:06PM ( 5 hours ago )
College Sports
High Tide: Alabama is No. 1 at being No. 1 in AP rankings
Alabama is No. 1 at being No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll
3:00PM ( 2 days ago )
Arizona State rallies to beat No. 15 Michigan State 16-13
Brandon Ruiz hit a 28-yard field goal as time expired, Manny Wilkins threw for 380 yards and a touchdown, and Arizona State rallied to beat No. 15 Michigan State 16-13
4:07AM ( 2 days ago )
Love leads No. 10 Stanford past No. 17 USC 17-3
Bryce Love ran for 136 yards and a touchdown and No. 10 Stanford made talented quarterback JT Daniels look like a freshman in a 17-3 victory over No. 17 Southern California
1:35AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - College Football
US marks 9/11 with somber tributes; Trump speaks at PA site
US marks 9/11 with somber tributes; Trump hails 'moment America fought back' at Pennsylvania memorial site
9:58PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Single mom, gay man highlight New Hampshire primary wins
A toss-up congressional district featuring 17 candidates topped the ballot Tuesday in a New Hampshire primary that provides one of the final measures of the country's mood before November's midterm election
9:58PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Coroner: Gunman wanted to kill 'as many people as he could'
The county coroner says the gunman in Thursday's fatal shootings in downtown Cincinnati as determined to kill "as many people as he could."
9:36PM ( 35 minutes ago )
Woodward book goes on sale as ex-Trump aides push back
A new White House tell-all from journalist Bob Woodward has officially gone on sale as several former aides of President Donald Trump try to distance themselves from the depiction of a chaotic West Wing
9:14PM ( 57 minutes ago )
The Latest: Bernie Sanders' son falls short in Congress run
Bernie Sanders' son has come up short in his quest to win a Democratic primary for an open congressional seat in New Hampshire
9:05PM ( 1 hour ago )