TAMPA – Hurricane Irma has forced another college football game off the docket for Saturday.
Shortly after the University of Florida cancelled its game with Northern Colorado, the University of South Florida cancelled its game with the University of Connecticut.
“Obviously we are disappointed for our team and our fans at the cancellation of a home game,” UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict said in a statement.
“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.’’
Said UConn coach Randy Edsall of the move, “I know both our team and USF were excited about a chance to play this weekend. 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.”
The biggest concern was the Bulls ability to get back to Tampa after the game was played Saturday, as Irma is currently expected to make landfall in Florida late Saturday or early Sunday.
The Bulls next game is now scheduled for next Friday against the University of Illinois at Raymond James Stadium, where former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and current Illini coach Lovie Smith will make his return to Tampa.