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As Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas, several colleges have changed their plans for games set to take place this week. N.C. State announced Tuesday it would cancel its Saturday home game against West Virginia, and UNC announced it would also cancel its home game on Saturday against Central Florida.
Other college teams have moved or changed travel plans for this weekend. Many high schools in the area have already canceled or postponed football games and other athletic events.
Florence, a category four storm as of Tuesday, is expected to reach North Carolina on Thursday.
Here’s the latest on what games in the area have been canceled, which have been postponed and which will go on as scheduled. We’ll continue to update this blog throughout the week.
No. 14 West Virginia at N.C. State
3:30 p.m., Saturday
N.C. State and No. 14 West Virginia will not play their scheduled football game on Saturday, according to a press release sent Tuesday from the school.
The game has not yet been rescheduled, but a makeup date is still being discussed.
Hall of fame induction ceremony
N.C. State’s Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been postponed, but a new date has not yet been set. The event was originally planned for Friday at 6 p.m.
No. 18 Central Florida at North Carolina
North Carolina announced Tuesday it will not play its Saturday home game against No. 18 Central Florida due to Hurricane Florence.
A makeup date for the game has not been announced, but UNC and UCF officials will work on finding a date to reschedule the game.
“Hosting a major college football game is a massive undertaking that on a good day involves fans and thousands of state, local and campus personnel, including public safety officials, traveling from all over the area,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said.” The current forecast for both the impact and aftermath of the hurricane would require those officials to divert critical resources from what could be much more significant duties. We can’t know for certain the amount of damage the storm will inflict, but the sensible decision at this time is to not play the game.”
UNC has also canceled or postponed all other school sporting events this weekend.
▪ Men’s soccer: Match vs. Duke scheduled for Friday has been postponed
▪ Women’s tennis: Weekend tournaments have been canceled
▪ Volleyball: Match vs. North Dakota scheduled for Friday has been canceled; match vs. Duke scheduled for Sunday has been postponed
▪ Field hockey: Game vs. Virginia scheduled for Friday has been postponed; game vs. James Madison scheduled for Sunday has been postponed
Duke at Baylor
3:30 p.m., Saturday
Duke athletics spokesman Art Chase said on Tuesday that the Blue Devils football team will leave Thursday morning for its road game at Baylor in an effort to leave town before the storm hits.
Here’s the status of other Duke games, according to the school:
▪ Men’s soccer: Match vs. UNC scheduled for Friday has been postponed
▪ Men’s and women’s tennis: Bonk Invitational scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday has been canceled
▪ Volleyball: Match vs. North Dakota scheduled for Saturday has been canceled; match vs. UNC scheduled for Sunday has been postponed
▪ Field hockey: Game vs. St. Joseph’s scheduled for Sunday has been postponed
Boston College at Wake Forest
5:30 p.m., Thursday
Wake Forest’s Thursday night ESPN game with Boston College has been moved up from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. as a result of Hurricane Florence.
ECU at No. 13 Virginia Tech
12:20 p.m., Saturday
East Carolina will not travel to Blacksburg, Va. for its Saturday football game at Virginia Tech, according to a school press release. The university is hopeful the game will be rescheduled, but a makeup date has not been set.
N.C. Central at South Carolina State
6 p.m., Saturday
N.C. Central’s Saturday football game at South Carolina State will be postponed until Nov. 24, according to a school press release.
Here’s the status of other N.C. Central games, according to the school:
▪ Volleyball: Tuesday home match against UNC-Charlotte has been postponed; Weekend tournament held at Campbell has been canceled
Coastal Carolina at Campbell
2 p.m., Wednesday
Originally a Coastal Carolina home game slated to kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, the contest has been moved Buies Creek and will be held Wednesday instead of Saturday, according to a press release from Campbell.
Elon at William & Mary
6 p.m., Saturday
Elon’s home football game against William & Mary has been canceled, according to a school press release.
The schools are working to reschedule the game, but a makeup date has not been determined.
High school football
Several high school football games have been rescheduled or postponed, and more will likely change as the week goes on.
Here are the games that have been affected so far:
Heritage @ Jordan: Will now be played on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
With the Courage preparing for its NWSL semifinal matchup at home with the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday and NCFC scheduled to visit Penn FC that evening, the North Carolina Football Club is closely monitoring the weather forecast and its impact on both games, according to a press release.
As of Monday, neither game has been canceled or postponed.
After advancing to the Governors’ Cup finals, the Durham Bulls will play every game of that series in Scranton, Pa due to Hurricane Florence, according to a press release.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRaiders were already slated to host Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-five series, with Games 3, 4 and 5 set to be played in Durham. Instead, the Bulls will play the International League championship series entirely on the road.
“We are obviously disappointed in losing up to three games on our home field, especially for a championship series,” Durham Bulls vice president Mike Birling said. “However, nothing is more important to us than the safety of our fans, players, coaches and staff. In working with the International League office and the RailRiders staff, we found an option that keeps all parties safe.”
Joe Giglio, Jonas Pope, Steve Wiseman, Jonathan M. Alexander and Tom Shanahan contributed.