Texas A&M/Texas State moved to Thursday

Texas A&M University President Dr. Robert Gates announced at a press conference in College Station on Wednesday afternoon that the Texas A&M versus Texas State football game scheduled to be played this Saturday has been moved to Thursday, September 21.

The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. at Kyle Field in an effort to avoid the effects of the approaching category 5 Hurricane Rita, forecasted to make landfall along the Texas coast late Friday.

The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

"We have spent last couple of days reviewing many options about playing this football game," said Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne. "Our first objective was the safety of our student-athletes, staff, and fans, while still being able to contribute to the community efforts relating to Hurricane Rita."

"President (Dr. Robert) Gates has allowed us to move the game to Thursday and we are pleased that Jon Heidtke at Fox Sports Southwest has done everything he could to get the game on television for our fans."

"Clearly, the safety of our students, faculty, staff and the entire Aggie family must be the sole consideration," Gates said in a statement released earlier in the day.

Several local shelters have been set up in Brazos County for residents fleeing the coastal areas of Texas. One of the main evacuation routes out of Houston is leading many evacuees to the Bryan-College Station area.

Despite the fact that the B-CS community is 200 miles inland from the Gulf, local weather officials have forecasted the massive storm could bring winds of at least 55 mph and up to 10 inches of rain to the area.

Gates said the school was going forward with the game primarily for the students. He encouraged fans not currently in Bryan and College Station to "stay at home."

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