Miami Game Against A-State Canceled as Hurricane Irma nears Florida

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The A-State Red Wolves won't be playing the University of Miami Hurricanes as planned on Saturday.

KAIT-TV in Jonesboro reports that Miami canceled the Jonesboro meeting on Wednesday due to approaching Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in the Caribbean Wednesday morning.

According to the A-State Athletics website, the game had been set for kickoff at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and was to have been televised on ESPNU.

Click here to read more from KAIT.

A-State News release on game cancellation:

JONESBORO, Ark. - 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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