South Florida and UConn call off game in advance of Irma

Storrs — South Florida and UConn called off their scheduled football game Saturday because of the threat to Florida posed by Hurricane Irma.

No makeup date was immediately announced. The teams do not share an off week this season.

The schools had moved up the kickoff from noon to 10:30 a.m. hoping that would give the Bulls enough time to play in Connecticut and get back to Tampa in advance of the storm.

Officials decided Friday that the hurricane poses too much of a threat to ensure the USF team safe travel.

Mark Harlan, USF's athletic director, says the school also took into consideration the concerns of team members and their families, many of whom have homes in the projected path of the storm.

The University of South Florida System has closed its campuses Thursday through at least Sunday.

“Obviously we are disappointed for our team and our fans at the cancellation of a home game,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a press release. “Our thoughts are with USF and all of the areas in the path of this storm. We wish them all the best as they deal with this terrible storm and are here ready to assist in any way that we can.”

“I know both our team and USF were excited about a chance to play this weekend,” UConn coach Randy Edsall said in the release. “We certainly are disappointed, but clearly understand that this is something totally out of everyone’s control. I hope that coach (Charlie) Strong, his team and the entire community impacted by this storm remain safe and know that we are thinking about them as they deal with this.”

UConn will provide details next week to all USF game ticket holders regarding future ticket options due to the cancellation.

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