Louisville was scheduled to travel to New Orleans for a Saturday Conference USA game against the Tulane Green Wave. However, with Hurricane Ivan rapidly approaching the area and expected to slam into the Gulf Coast later this week, officials at Tulane and Louisville have decided to postpone the game.
"We are very supportive and sympathetic for our counterparts at Tulane University," said Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich. "Rick Dickson is a dear friend of mine, and we know what they are going through. We appreciate all their efforts to attempt to get the game in, but this football game is secondary. We hope the people who might be affected by this tragedy are safe and can resume their daily activities as soon as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the vicinity of this tragedy."
"We're obviously disappointed about not playing, but we understand that this football game is meaningless when you're talking about a national disaster, " said head coach Bobby Petrino. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to head coach Chris Scelfo and his players, and everyone who'll be affected by this storm."
With a tricky schedule that includes several week night games, it is believed the game won't be played until after the Cardinals last regular season game against Cincinnati on November 27. Tulane's last regular season game is also November 27 against TCU, meaning the game will most likely be played the following weekend.
The Cardinals will return to action September 25 when they travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to face the 1-1 North Carolina Tar Heels.