Memphis vs UCF game canceled

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The University of Memphis football game against Central Florida is canceled.

The game was originally rescheduled from Saturday to Friday because of Hurricane Irma, but that decision has been nullified after Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered all games to be called off to conserve resources.

"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."

Scott announced Thursday that all state offices and schools would be closed at least through Monday.

The Tigers had already arrived in Orlando to prepare for the game. The team turned around and flew back to Memphis after the cancellation was announced.

The team released the following statement on the decision:

The University of Memphis football team has returned to Memphis after Governor Rick Scott closed all Florida state universities, Thursday night. Memphis will continue working with The American Athletic Conference and UCF in the morning.

"We're so fortunate to be able to play a game, and I hate that we're not able to go out there and have that experience, but I think this is the right thing for the safety of the young men and everyone that's involved with both universities," Tigers head coach Mike Norvell said.

There is no word yet if the game will be rescheduled.

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