Tonight's Memphis-UCF game in Orlando called off
In the wake of a flurry of canceled games involving Florida teams, the American Athletic Conference confirmed earlier this morning tonight's Memphis-UCF game in Orlando also has been called off.
The contest, originally slated for Saturday evening, had been moved to tonight in an effort to avoid the effects of Hurricane Irma. Memphis already had arrived in Florida, but the Tigers' charter flight already was back in the air headed for Tennessee around 12:45 this morning, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported.
"Out of an abundance of caution, we agree that the game should not be played on Friday," UCF athletic director Danny White and Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen said in a joint statement released by UCF on Friday.
"We agree with Gov. (Rick) Scott that preparation for Hurricane Irma should be the top priority for the state. While our fans will no doubt be disappointed, we know they understand that safety has to come first."
The game is the second AAC contest to be called off due to Irma. USF announced Thursday evening it wouldn't be traveling to Connecticut for its Saturday morning contest against the Huskies.
Like the USF-UConn game, the Memphis-UCF contest is unlikely to be rescheduled because the teams don't share a common bye week.