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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Miami cancels game against Arkansas State ahead of Hurricane Irma

Posted By on Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 11:12 AM

The No. 16 University of Miami football team has declined to travel to Jonesboro to take on Arkansas State University on Saturday because of worries about Hurricane Irma. Miami officials could have made the trip but were concerned about getting back home. ASU athletic director Terry Mohajir offered to move the game to Friday, but Miami officials declined. The game won't be made up.

JONESBORO, Ark. (9/6/17) – Arkansas State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir has issued the following statement regarding the Red Wolves’ home football game versus Miami that was previously scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 9.

“Having lived in Palm Beach County for seven years, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in South Florida as they prepare for Hurricane Irma.

Over the past 24 hours I had numerous exchanges with University of Miami Athletics Director Blake James, offering to make additional accommodations for his players and program to assist them with their trip to Memphis and Jonesboro. This morning I spoke with Blake (James), who informed me their team will not be making the trip to Jonesboro to play in our game this Saturday.

I appreciate the Sun Belt Conference office, Commissioner Karl Benson and ESPN’s work to give us the option to move the game and broadcast to Friday night, which gave the University of Miami an alternative. Ultimately, the Miami administration made the decision not to travel.

We are currently working through all the variables associated with the game not being played. We will keep the fan base and media updated as we know more.”

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