Hurricane Florence forces postponement of UNC, NC State football games; NFL monitoring weather

Matt Bonesteel September 11 at 8:50 PM

UPDATED TUESDAY AFTERNOON

As detailed by our friends over at the Capital Weather Gang, Hurricane Florence poses an imminent and dangerous threat to coastal regions of the Carolinas, where it’s expected to make landfall early Friday morning, and then inland in those areas along with Virginia and elsewhere as it continues to dump massive amounts of rain. The timing of the storm could have a sizable impact on this weekend’s sporting events in the affected areas: As you can see in the latest National Weather Service forecast track below, on Saturday afternoon the storm is expected to be hovering over central North Carolina, with its impact spread over a wide range as it possibly stalls once it moves inland.

Here’s a list of events that could be affected. We’ll try to update it as the week progresses and the forecast becomes more clear, adding postponements and cancellations as they are announced.

All times Eastern

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

No. 12 Virginia Tech’s game against East Carolina was cancelled after the Pirates informed Hokies athletic officials this afternoon they would not be traveling because of the hurricane’s potential impact. There was no immediate word if the game would be rescheduled.

Virginia moved its home football game against Ohio to Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, the university announced Tuesday afternoon. The game, originally scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, will be played at 4:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. in Nashville). It was not immediately clear how the change would affect broadcast availability for the game.

Boston College at Wake Forest (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.): Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported Tuesday that kickoff has been moved up two hours to 5:30 p.m.

Central Florida at North Carolina (Saturday, noon): The game between the Tar Heels and Golden Knights has been canceled, with the two schools continuing “to discuss the feasibility of playing the game at a later date this season,” UCF said in a statement. Complicating matters is the fact that the Golden Knights’ one free Saturday this season — Oct. 27 — is followed by a Thursday night game against Temple on Nov. 1.

West Virginia at N.C. State (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.): The game between the Wolfpack and Mountaineers will not be played Saturday, N.C. State announced Tuesday. There’s been no official word yet on whether it will be rescheduled, or if the Wolfpack will find a replacement opponent. According to WOWK-TV in Huntington, W. Va., the game will be postponed, with an official announcement coming Wednesday. The TV station reports that N.C. State is refusing to move the game to Morgantown “even if NC State took all the profits,” and that it could be rescheduled for Oct. 12, with West Virginia’s originally scheduled game against Iowa State that day moved to Thursday, Oct. 18. Stadium’s McMurphy also is reporting that the game has been canceled.

Norfolk State at Liberty (Saturday, 6 p.m.): The game has been postponed until Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., Liberty announced. The game will not be played if Norfolk State has qualified for the FCS playoffs, however.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Maryland did not have plans to reschedule Saturday’s noon home opener against Temple, but the athletic department said in a statement that the university will monitor the weather and will communicate updates as quickly as possible.

Robert Morris at James Madison (Saturday, 6 p.m.): The game has been moved to Thursday at 7 p.m.

Campbell at Coastal Carolina (Saturday, 7 p.m.): The game between the Chanticleers and the Camels has been moved to Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Buies Creek, S.C.

Marshall at South Carolina (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.): South Carolina has canceled classes starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The school says it is monitoring the forecast for Saturday night.

No word yet on these games:

Kent State at Penn State (Saturday, noon)

UTEP at Tennessee (Saturday, noon)

Georgia Southern at Clemson (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)

Southern Miss at Appalachian State (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)

Lehigh at Navy (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)

Old Dominion at Charlotte (Saturday, 6 p.m.)

NFL

The NFL said it is monitoring developments related to Hurricane Florence and its potential effect on the Washington area in case contingency plans must be made related to the Redskins’ game against the Indianapolis Colts scheduled for Sunday at FedEx Field.  The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday. The game between the Kansas City Chiefs at the Pittsburgh Steelers, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, could also be affected.

MLB

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore (three-game series begins Friday)

Miami at Philadelphia (three-game series begins Friday)

Emily Giambalvo, Gene Wang and Mark Maske contributed to this report.

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