WVU, NC State football game canceled

Threats from Hurricane Florence force cancellation

RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State will not play its scheduled football game with West Virginia University this weekend due to the increasing likelihood of severe and unsafe conditions associated with Hurricane Florence. Emergency management resources are expected to be fully utilized and needed throughout the region, and today’s decision will help give ample time to deploy those resources across the state.? ?NC State has worked in partnership with University leadership, West Virginia University officials, the Atlantic Coast Conference and emergency management personnel to arrive at a decision in the best interests of the safety and well-being of fans, student-athletes and all parties involved.? ?Should this game be rescheduled or a replacement home game be scheduled, tickets for the West Virginia game will be valid. If this game or a replacement home game is not viable, a refund will be offered to season ticket holders. Details will be communicated at a later date.? ?With the impending weather, the Athletic Department and Ticket Office will follow in accordance with campus and be closed Thursday and Friday. We appreciate your patience and will continue to communicate details as they become available.

One thing the head coach of the Old Gold and Blue isn’t going to worry about is the weather this weekend.

“It’s not for me to worry about,” WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen said when asked about the possibility of playing in inclement weather due to Hurricane Florence. “Our job is to get ready to go play a football game. We had a good practice yesterday (Sunday), and we will practice again tomorrow (Tuesday).”

Holgorsen made not that the Mountain State is getting its own taste of rough weather this week. A game-long rain on Saturday during the Youngstown State contest grew into a strong storm on Sunday that covered Morgantown with gusty winds and more precipitation, and it has continued through the early part of the week.

“We have what looks like hurricane weather here in West Virginia. We have more weather games here than anywhere I have ever been. We play in it and practice in it, so I don’t see how this is any different.”

Note: Information for this story came from the official site of N.C. State football.

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