Tulane and Central Florida have mutually agreed to postpone Friday’s football game until Saturday, Nov. 5 due to the expected inclement weather from Hurricane Matthew.
“Taking into account all the latest projections for Hurricane Matthew, we have to keep the safety of everyone involved in these events at the forefront of our decision-making,” UCF vice president and director of athletics Dr. Daniel J. White said. “We appreciate our friends at Tulane and Houston understanding and working with us through this situation. Mike Aresco and the American Athletic Conference staff has been very helpful, as well.”
Moving the game to New Orleans was reportedly on the table, but both teams didn’t have a game scheduled the first weekend of November, so the schools agreed to change their byes to this week and play at UCF on Nov. 5.
“This was the best decision to ensure the safety of all involved,” Tulane director of athletics Troy Dannen said. “Our entire Tulane community extends any support and assistance that may be needed to our friends at UCF. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who may affected by this hurricane.”
Both teams have begun the 2016 season 3-2, but UCF is 1-0 against American Athletic Conference opponents while Tulane is 0-1. UCF defeated East Carolina this past weekend 47-29 in their first conference affair. The Knights also beat South Carolina State and Florida International, but lost to Michigan and Maryland.
Tulane lost their one conference game to date to Navy by the score of 21-14. The Green Wave also lost to Wake Forest but beat Southern, Louisiana Lafayette and Massachusetts.