Herd-TCU Game Postponed

Marshall University President Dr. Dan Angel and Director of Athletics Lance West, in conjunction with university and athletic officials at Texas Christian University, have decided to postpone the football game that was scheduled to be played between the two schools on Saturday. "Well hopefully, we'll try and reschedule the game at a later date. Possibly after the (MAC) championship game," said Marshall football coach Bob Pruett.

The decision was made because of safety and travel concerns in the wake of terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C. on Tuesday. The Federal Aviation Administration continued a moratorium on all air travel for a second day on Wednesday.

"With respect to the somber mood of the nation and the requests for limiting air travel, Marshall and TCU have decided NOT to play the football game this weekend," Angel said.

"No decision has been reached regarding an alternate date for the game.

"We appreciate everyone who has made plans to attend this game and the events surrounding it. We will keep you informed as to any announcement regarding rescheduling of the game. Thank you for supporting Marshall athletics."

The Marshall football team (1-1), with a scheduled open date on Sept. 22, will return to action with a Mid-American Conference game against Bowling Green on Sept. 29 at Marshall University Stadium.

"They have a game on the 24th (November) and 30th. We could play on the 24th, but they play Louisville," Pruett added. "I think that this is the right way to go. I really think this is the right way to go, with the mood of the country, the mood of our football team, and the psychological thing about this. Let's sit back and re-group."

"Football is very important to us, but this is a time when we need to be focused on God and country," Herd coach Bob Pruett said. "We will get back to the business of football later, but we need to focus right now on events in our country."

Pruett summed up, "What's a football game compared to life and death in this country?"

Earlier in the day on Wednesday, the Mid American Conference released its stance on playing or not playing college football games this weekend:

Following considerable discussion at the NCAA, Division I-A, and institutional levels, the Mid-American Conference is honoring the individual decisions of its member schools regarding athletics competition for the weekend of September 14-16, 2001. This applies to both conference and non-conference scheduled events, at both home and away venues.

"At the most fundamental level, we understand that our decision-making process on intercollegiate athletics events pales in comparison to the humanitarian efforts that are occurring nationally in response to the tragic events of yesterday," said Mid-American Conference Commissioner Rick Chryst.

"Mindful of that fact, I greatly respect the judgments that each of our institutions have made relating to athletics competition this weekend. I know that the discussions directed by each University President on our campuses have been thorough, thoughtful and serious – involving student-athletes, coaches, academic and athletics administrators, as well as important external constituencies.

"We fully support - in equal measure - institutional decisions to play or not to play," Chryst added. "In my view, there is no right or wrong answer in dealing with a circumstance so unique and specific to each institution and individual. What is consistent is the shared sense of enormous loss, common resolve and life perspective that we all feel."

Regarding MAC football games scheduled for Saturday, September 15, postponements have been announced for Central Michigan at Boise State and Northern Illinois at Wake Forest. Previously announced was a rescheduling of the Ohio at North Carolina State football contest from Thursday, September 13 to Saturday, November 24. Otherwise, at this time, the remaining MAC football contests are as originally scheduled, including two league games: Eastern Michigan at Akron and Miami at Kent State.

Announcements regarding the status of other scheduled competition this weekend will be released individually by each MAC institution. All postponed MAC contests will look to be rescheduled at future dates this season, with no penalties or forfeitures being assigned in the event that a contest cannot be rescheduled.

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