Due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the southeast portion of Texas, sporting events across the area have been either rescheduled or moved to other locations so as to avoid adding too much onto the plate of public servants working to ensure the safety of the people. On Tuesday afternoon, the University of Houston announced that it has postponed four sporting events scheduled for this weekend, including the football team’s season-opening game at UTSA.
The Cougars, led by first-year head coach Major Applewhite, have been using the facilities at the University of Texas in Austin as a result of the impact that Hurricane Harvey’s had in the area. The other events that Houston will no longer compete in this coming weekend are the HBU Season Opener (cross-country), the George Mason Invitational (volleyball) and road women’s soccer matches at Mississippi State and LSU.
“The epic disaster that continues to unfold in and around the City of Houston has made it evident that our athletic events are not a priority at this time,” Houston Vice President for Athletics Hunter Yurachek said in a release. “Our focus during the coming days will be on assisting the City of Houston and University of Houston communities in recovery efforts and allowing our coaches, staff and student-athletes to devote the necessary time to ensuring the safety and security of their family, friends and loved ones.
“We are very appreciative of the UH fan base and supporters, UTSA and their Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey along with our counterparts at LSU, Mississippi State, George Mason and Houston Baptist, in supporting this decision.”
According to the release, Houston and UTSA are working on the possibility of rescheduling the game. That would likely require some schedule juggling on the part of both programs and their respective conferences, as the teams do not share a bye week. One possibility would be to move UTSA’s game against UAB from September 30 to November 11, as those two programs do share that bye week.
That would open up September 30 for UTSA, with the Cougars already having that Saturday off.