BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Sept. 10 Nicholls State University at Indiana football game remains set for 4 p.m. EST/CDT at Memorial Stadium, IU Athletics Director Rick Greenspan and NSU Athletics Director Rob Bernardi announced today.
Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Nicholls, located in Thibodaux, La., 60 miles west of New Orleans, postponed all intercollegiate athletic activities on Aug. 30. However, Nicholls resumed classes on Sept. 7, and the schools worked collectively to arrange the Colonels' travel to Bloomington.
According to Bernardi and Greenspan, while the wrath of Hurricane Katrina certainly puts things in perspective, they also hope that Saturday's game provides an opportunity to enjoy the spirit and excitement of college football.
"On behalf of Indiana Athletics, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Katrina," Greenspan said. "We certainly respect Nicholls' situation. For the last five days, both schools have been working on the travel logisitics, because the safety and well-being of the Nicholls' student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans is the top priority.
"Upon Nicholls' arrival and throughout their stay, we plan to show them the best in Hoosier Hospitality."
Nicholls State University President Stephen T. Hulbert said that the Colonels eagerly anticipate the trip.
"I am deeply appreciative of the genuine support given our student-athletes and members of the Nicholls family during a very difficult time," Hulbert said. "(Indiana) President (Adam W.) Herbert and members of the IU athletics staff have been most helpful in assisting with arrangements for our football team."
Indiana head coach Terry Hoeppner and his staff have been following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina while also working to keep the Hoosiers focused on the next game.
"It is hard for any of us to appreciate what they are going through. It is unfathomable to me. We are going to make them feel as welcome and as comfortable as possible. Yet, when the game is on, we are going to play a football game," Hoeppner said. "They want to play the game, and they need to play the game. Obviously, we want to play. We are looking forward to that."
Although Nicholls and Indiana square off Saturday afternoon, the two schools are more than opposing teams.
"The generosity and cooperation on the part of IU is greatly appreciated," Bernardi said. "I want to thank Rick Greenspan for his genuine concern for the welfare of our student-athletes."
After enduring a difficult situation last week, Nicholls head coach Jay Thomas said that his team will be ready to play football.
"I know our coaches and players are excited about the opportunity to finally play football," Thomas said. "The game and trip to Bloomington will offer a nice change from the experiences of the last week."
To purchase tickets for Saturday's game, please contact the IU ticket office at 1-866-IU-SPORTS.
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