BOULDER - The University of Colorado has postponed its football game scheduled for Saturday against Fresno State because of logistical challenges from the flooding in Boulder.
Colorado State officials said Friday afternoon their game Saturday at Hughes Stadium against Cal-Poly will be played. It is scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m. Cal-Poly arrived Thursday in Fort Collins and game officials were en route Friday.
"We were very concerned about pulling resources away from areas in need, but we determined that we have the staff available primarily through our campus law enforecement to manage the event," CSU athletic director Jack Graham said Friday.
Fresno State had not yet left California. It is unknown when the CU-Fresno game will be played, but the schools will work on a makeup date. Athletic director Rick George said he will "reconvince with Fresno State in the next few days on how we'll reschedule this game."
CU coach Mike MacIntyre said six players on the football team have been displaced by the flooding and are staying in hotels.
"Even though the weather is improving, Boulder is still designated as a national emergency site," CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said. "Our community is hurting. Many of our students are displaced from their homes, including many of our student-athletes. This is not an appropriate time for us to hold a game that would put pressure on the community, both in terms of security/emergency personnel, but also in diverting attention from people in need."
DiStefano also said that "ensuring the safety of CU affiliates and fans has always been the No. 1 priority."
George said the decision was made with fans' opinions in mind.
"Our players have a strong desire to compete, but many of them and many of their friends have personally been affected and I know they support this decision to postpone as well," MacIntyre said. "This is the appropriate decision and we are all 100 percent in agreement."
MacIntyre said the players want to help recovery efforts.
"We have big strong kids that can help the community," said the first-year coach, who said his normal 10-minute commute home Thursday night took nearly an hour and a half.
George said he and Fresno State would talk in the next several days about the options for a make-up date. They are holding off on canceling it completely.
This is only the third game in CU history to be postponed. CSU had a home game postponed in 1997 because of a blizzard, and that game was played the next day.
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