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A&M-La Tech Game Postponed

Stephanie Cannon '06 August 28, 2012 5:41 PM

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Louisiana Tech University officials announced Tuesday that its season opener against Texas A&M has been postponed until Oct. 13 due to the impending effects of Hurricane Isaac, which is scheduled to make landfall along the Louisiana coast in the next 24 hours.

LaTech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde said that after consulting with Tech President Dan Reneau, head football coach Sonny Dykes, Texas A&M officials and numerous regional and national weather agencies, the decision was made to postpone the game.

“Our primary concern was for the health and safety of the general public, students and fans of both institutions,” 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.

“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.”

Louisiana Tech and Texas A&M had the same open date of Oct. 13 on their schedules, which allowed the game to be moved. Kickoff time will be determined at a later date.

“I know Coach (Kevin) Sumlin and our Aggie football team were ready to play," Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman said, "but the safety and well-being of our Aggie fans, our student-athletes as well as the residents of Louisiana is paramount.”

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