The Miami Hurricanes have decided to cancel their game with the Arkansas State Red Wolves this Saturday amid concerns of Hurricane Irma. The contest will not be rescheduled.
BREAKING: Saturday's Miami at Arkansas State game is cancelled over Irma concerns. Rescheduling in 2017 is not possible.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 6, 2017
Although the game is in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Miami is more concerned with getting back to South Florida safely. Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Florida early Sunday morning.
I'll say this once more: Miami's decision was not about getting to Arkansas. It was about uncertainty over getting back to Miami. The end.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 6, 2017
Since Arkansas State scheduled the Miami Hurricanes, Red Wolves fans have been looking forward to welcoming “The U” to Jonesboro. It’s not often P5 schools visit Jonesboro and the fact that one of the most recognizable programs in college football was coming to town was a huge get for Arkansas State’s football program and would have provided a financial boom to the athletic department as well as the city of Jonesboro.
Last year Miami travelled to Boone, North Carolina, to play App State and we saw how excited the App community got for the game. The fact Arkansas State will be unable to have the same experience is heartbreaking. G5 schools, especially members of the Sun Belt, don’t have a lot of opportunities to host P5 programs much less the ones of Miami’s stature.
Although it’s tough to see this game get cancelled, I think both parties made the right call. Everyone involved with the Miami Hurricanes and the South Florida community are concerned about their safety right now. Safety should always take precedence over a game. No matter how much it hurts the parties involved to not play it.