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Hurricane Isaac pushes A&M’s opener with LaTech to October

Tropical Storm Isaac is pictured as it approaches landfall in this  NASA handout satellite image AP

With Hurricane Isaac bearing down on the Gulf Coast in general and Louisiana specifically, the regular season opener between Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech scheduled for this week won’t go off as planned.

In a release, Tech announced that the Thursday, Aug. 30, game has been postponed and rescheduled for Oct. 13.  The release states that the change was made “due to the impending effects of Hurricane Isaac which is scheduled to make landfall along the Louisiana coast in the next 24 hours.”

“Our primary concern was for the health and safety of the general public, students and fans of both institutions,” Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde said in a statement. “It’s impossible to predict exactly what is going to happen throughout the state so we also wanted to be conscientious of the possible effects of his storm on residents throughout Louisiana.

“As much as both teams wanted to play, the safety of everyone took precedent over a football game, even one of this magnitude. We simply couldn’t move forward with Thursday’s kickoff in good conscience knowing what this storm may do. We appreciate the cooperation of Mayor Glover and the City of Shreveport and the Independence Bowl as well as Texas A&M University.”

A kickoff time for the October game has yet to be determined.

The postponement means that the Aggies’ opener will also serve as its first-ever SEC game as A&M will host Florida Sept. 8.  Tech will now open the 2012 season the same day against Houston.

The A&M-Tech game is the second FBS contest impacted by the hurricane.  Earlier Tuesday, South Alabama announced that its game versus UT-San Antonio, also scheduled for Thursday, has been pushed back to this coming Saturday because of Isaac.

LSU (vs. North Texas) and Tulane (vs. Rutgers) also have games scheduled to be played in the state of Louisiana this weekend.

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5 Responses to “Hurricane Isaac pushes A&M’s opener with LaTech to October”
  1. tigersgeaux says: Aug 28, 2012 7:08 PM

    It is good to see everyone apparently working together for the safety of everyone involved. Postpone the games. All teams have an open date or two on their schedule so that is possible.

    Water is everywhere around here. Curfews are imposed by law enforcement. If you did not evacuate, you are now boarding up and staying put.

    I am getting wind bursts over 55 miles per hour now with sustained winds of over 40. Rain is coming down sideways. Trees are down everywhere. Power comes up and then goes down. This may well be my first and last post of the evening.

    I think the eye of Isaac is coming straight at us here.

  2. ghengy says: Aug 28, 2012 10:24 PM

    A prudent decision. This thing is going right over the top of La. and through Shreveport on Thursday. Statewide emergency services will have their hands full by then.

    Best of luck to all the residents of Louisiana.

  3. tigersgeaux says: Aug 29, 2012 8:49 AM

    Power came back to us this morning, then went off again 5 minutes later and this process has been going on for the past few hours, 5 to 10 minutes on, 5 to 10 minutes off. I am not sure how Entergy is working to get the power back on with wind gusts at 110, trees down and others bending over sideways, rain coming like needles…thanks to Entergy and its great crews!

    This storm is moving 6 mph so it is lashing us heavily and not moving through. News reports are when it did come ashore, it then backed up and went back out to water again to then come back and hit the land again. I have never heard a storm doing that. It is still 50 miles south of New Orleans at this moment and it looks like we could be in for a couple more days of this.

    No football games through this. If you throw a pass with the wind, you may never find your football again. And no matter what arm strength or leg strength you have or how hard you kick or throw the ball will reverse direction and head behind you.

    Stay indoors everyone (except southernpatriots which is cooking and delivering food to the elderly and infirmed in their area). Stay safe!

  4. charlescub80 says: Aug 30, 2012 5:42 AM

    The fault lies with JoePa.

  5. dcroz says: Aug 30, 2012 8:12 AM

    This is the second time that A&M has had a game postponed because of the threat of a hurricane. In 1988, Alabama coach Bill Curry decided to put off the Tide’s game against the Aggies in College Station because of the approach of Hurricane Gilbert, which at the time was one of the most powerful storms ever recoded in the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico. The storm lost its punch over the Yucutan Peninsula, however, and cameras that had been placed by ESPN in the stadium to cover the game showed dozens of Aggie fans sitting in the stands in sunny (though breezy) conditions. The Tide would get the last laugh, though, winning 30-10 when the game was finally played the first week of December.

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