Georgia Tech-UCF game canceled due to Irma

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:46 PM Georgia Tech's game at Central Florida on Saturday has been canceled in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the schools announced Monday.

The schools discussed re-scheduling the game later in the season but were unable to do so because the teams do not share a mutual bye week.

"We are in complete agreement with the decision to cancel Saturday's game," Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury said. "While we're disappointed for both teams' student-athletes, coaches and fans, recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma should be and is the top priority for UCF and the entire state of Florida at this time. We wish them the very best in their recovery efforts and look forward to meeting on the gridiron down the road."

The UCF campus in Orlando, Fla., will remain closed through Wednesday, the school announced Sunday. The Knights canceled last week's home game against Memphis.

UCF is hosting up to 1,000 National Guard members and 250 vehicles on its campus and using its stadium to stage recovery operations.

"We're honored to host the National Guard and play a part in helping our community and state recover from Irma," Central Florida athletic director Danny White said. "On behalf of our student-athletes, athletics staff and fans, I promise the Knights will do everything we can to assist in recovery efforts."

Additionally many of UCF's players evacuated the campus and Orlando area and it is uncertain when players would be able to reconvene in preparation for a game.

This Saturday's game was scheduled to be the beginning of a home-and-home series. Switching locations to Atlanta this week did not appear to be a solution, given UCF's lack of available practice time this week.

UCF (1-0) doesn't play at home again until Sept. 30 against Maine. Georgia Tech (1-1) hosts Pittsburgh on Sept. 23.

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