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Hurricane Irma continues to make its impact felt across the college football world, with UCF being the latest program to announce it has canceled its Week 2 matchup.
The Knights were set to host the Memphis Tigers on Friday night in Orlando, but the incoming threat of Irma forced university officials to cancel the game. A women’s soccer game vs. LSU was also called off due to the storm.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we agree that the game should not be played on Friday,” UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White and Memphis Athletic Director Tom Bowen said in a joint statement.
“We agree with Governor Scott that preparation for Hurricane Irma should be the top priority for the state. While our fans will no doubt be disappointed, we know they understand that safety has to come first.”
UCF canceled classes earlier in the week to allow students proper time to evacuate.
The Knights will now return to action next Saturday against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Memphis, meanwhile, had already made the trip to Orlando for this week’s game. They will now return home and await next weekend’s clash with UCLA.