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USF-UConn football game called off

USF's game Saturday at Connecticut has been called off.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

USF's game Saturday at Connecticut has been called off.

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Due to the statewide threat of Hurricane Irma, and the very real possibility USF's charter flight home would've been grounded, the Bulls' game Saturday at Connecticut has been called off.

The contest -- an American Athletic Conference opener for both teams -- likely won't be made up. The teams don't share a common open date.

"It is unlikely to be rescheduled," AAC spokesman Chuck Sullivan said. "But we don't want to rule it out as a certainty in Week 2."

USF's travel party would've included between 65-70 players, as well as coaches, staff, administrators, family members and boosters.

"As I noted in my comments (Wednesday), the safety and well-being of our students, staff and coaches is our paramount concern,” USF athletic director Mark Harlan said in a news release.

"Several large areas of the state are under evacuation orders, including portions of the Tampa Bay area. After consultation with university leadership and outside agencies, I believe it is not appropriate for our team to travel at this time."

The game originally was slated to kick off at noon before being moved Wednesday to 10:30 a.m., to allow USF's charter flight to return to Tampa earlier. Halftime had been shortened to 15 minutes, and the Bulls were planning to do no post-game interviews.

The loss of a game technically doesn't impair USF's conference title hopes. AAC division champions are determined by winning percentage in conference games. 

[Last modified: Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:26pm]

    

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