East Carolina announced earlier today that their football team will not be travelling to Blacksburg this weekend, cancelling the previously scheduled game between Virginia Tech and East Carolina due to Hurricane Florence.
East Carolina also stated that it hopes to be able to reschedule the game though Virginia Tech and ECU do not share a bye week, making a rescheduled game unlikely game.
Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock had previously stated that Virginia Tech was planning on releasing an update on Wednesday regarding Saturday's game, but ECU decided not to wait regarding this weekend's game. Reports have emerged that VT was hoping to wait till Wednesday to see how the forecast developed before making a final decision, but East Carolina decided to no longer wait after cancelling classes for the rest of the week beginning at noon today.
Per Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Whit Babcock made this statement on ECU's decision to not travel and on ECU's choice of today for that decision.
Based on Babcock's comments and other reports, it appears that East Carolina decided to make this decision today was independent of its consultation with Virginia Tech. If East Carolina made this decision independent of Virginia Tech, it would appear to violate ACC policy on non-conference games.
This is the third game involving an ACC team to be cancelled due to Hurricane Florence joining West Virginia-NC State and UCF-North Carolina. Virginia moved its home game against Ohio to Nashville while the kickoff time for Wake Forest-Boston College has been moved up to 5:30pm.
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