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The Houston football program’s season-opener has been canceled due to the catastrophic flooding and continuing threat from Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall last Friday and has since led to tens of thousands of people seeking shelter in surrounding areas.
Houston was set to open the season on Saturday against UTSA in San Antonio, but with the team misplaced they have decided not to make the trip.
“Just talking to officials from both schools, felt like (playing) wasn’t the right thing to do in terms of where our city is. At some point everyone needs to understand what’s really important,” Cougars head coach Major Applewhite said.
“Sports are important. Sports are fun and it’s entertaining. But with 19 casualties in our city, the country’s largest flood, with our families and the state of mind of our families, our players and our players’ families, it’s not the right thing to do to play the game. ”
If the two teams can work out a solution to make up the game later in the week, it will be played. However, the teams have different bye weeks, so rescheduling the game could prove to be difficult.
In the end, however, that’s not what is important.
The health and safety of those affected by Hurricane Harvey is what everyone should be focusing on, so Applewhite and company ultimately made the right decision not to play the game on Saturday.