“As I noted in my comments yesterday, the safety and well-being of our students, staff and coaches is our paramount concern,” said USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan. “Several large areas of the state are under evacuation orders, including portions of the Tampa Bay area. After consultation with university leadership and outside agencies, I believe it is not appropriate for our team to travel at this time.”
The game had previously changed to be played at 10:30 am EST on Saturday to allow for the USF students to make their way back to Tampa in final preparations of the approaching Hurricane. However, due to the increased threat that Irma posses, it was finalized Thursday evening to cancel the game.
“I want to extend our gratitude to the University of Connecticut and the American Athletic Conference for their compassion and understanding. Our thoughts are with all of those impacted by the hurricane.”
It has not yet been determined if this game would be made up at a later date. Please stay tuned for more updates.