Hurricane Sandy has affected the entirety of the east coast over the past few days, and the storm’s impact is only on the rise in the Tri-State, New York and New England areas. Many universities have cancelled classes for today and other days this week and, naturally, the athletics programs have followed a similar path.
Of the 11 Colonial Athletic Association basketball teams, 9 schools’ entire athletic departments have completely closed today. Delaware, George Mason, James Madison, UNCW, Northeastern, Old Dominion, Towson and William & Mary all closed their athletic departments today and therefore cancelled Men’s Basketball practice.
Despite Sandy heading towards Philadelphia and the city’s airport shutting down, the Drexel Dragons still held practice this afternoon. The league’s preseason favorite to win the conference refused to let weather inhibit the team’s practice efforts at defending their regular season CAA championship.
Similarly, the Georgia State Panthers also will keep on rolling despite the storm as well. Tonight, the Panthers welcome Life University to the Sports Arena at 7PM. Life is a Division II opponent that will help GSU warm-up for their season opener against Duke.
However, Hofstra has suffered quite a lot at the hands of Sandy. Being in the geographical standing the university is in, the basketball program, athletic program and university all together, were all included in the Long Island mandatory evacuation earlier today. With the campus most likely deserted, the Pride clearly did not hold practice today and probably won’t for the next few days.
Whether in the heart of the storm or barely being effected by it, all of us at Rant Sports hope that everyone on the east coast stays safe and out of harms way.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.