Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech had been preparing to open their football seasons on Thursday night in Shreveport, LA. Those preparations on now on hold. Unfortunately due to the unknown circumstances surrounding Hurricane Isaac, Louisiana Tech officials felt it was in the best interest of all the involved parties to postpone the game until October 13th.
“Our primary concern was for the health and safety of the general public, students and fans of both institutions,” LA Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde said. “It’s impossible to predict exactly what is going to happen throughout the state so we also wanted to be conscientious of the possible effects of his storm on residents throughout Louisiana.”
The game had been scheduled for a 6:30 kickoff and was set for an ESPNU telecast. It was to be the first game for new Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin as well as the Aggies first game since they announced they were leaving the Big 12 Conference for the SEC.
With both teams fortunately having an open date on October 13th, there was little juggling of the schedule required to make the move.
Texas A&M now is forced to turn their attention to Florida which becomes the Aggies first game of the season on September 8th in College Station. The change in schedule also requires Texas A&M to now play 12 consecutive Saturday’s without a week off.
Louisiana Tech is in the same boat, as well. The October 13th open date was also the only vacancy on the Bulldogs schedule meaning they’ll play 12 consecutive weeks without a break. Their season opener will now be September 8th at Houston.
Hurricane Isaac is set to hit the Louisiana coast sometime Tuesday evening. It has been upgraded to a category one hurricane with sustained winds of 80 miles per hour possible. As of Tuesday afternoon, the storm had slowed meaning once it reaches shore, large amounts of rain could be expected. Meteorologists are predicting between seven and 14 inches of rain with up to 20 inches possible in some areas.
Given the weather’s unpredictable nature, the school was left with few options.
“As much as both teams wanted to play, the safety of everyone took precedent over a football game, even one of this magnitude. We simply couldn’t move forward with Thursday’s kickoff in good conscience knowing what this storm may do. We appreciate the cooperation of Mayor Glover and the City of Shreveport and the Independence Bowl as well as Texas A&M University,” Van De Velde added.