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.