UCF football game versus Memphis canceled due to Hurricane Irma

Decision made 'out of abundance of caution'

Courtesy UCF Athletics Communications
Courtesy UCF Athletics Communications

ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF's football game against the Memphis Tigers has been canceled because of Hurricane Irma, the schools announced Friday.

The game had been moved from Saturday to Friday evening due to the storm.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we agree that the game should not be played on Friday,” UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White and Memphis Athletic Director Tom Bowen said in a joint statement. “We agree with Gov. (Rick) Scott that preparation for Hurricane Irma should be the top priority for the state. While our fans will no doubt be disappointed, we know they understand that safety has to come first.”

UCF cancelled class on Thursday to allow students to evacuate or make hurricane preparations. The university is closed Friday through Monday.

"Our game at UCF will not be played as scheduled," Memphis tweeted. "The Tigers are safely back in Memphis and our thoughts are with those in Irma's path."

[RELATED: Hurricane Irma closes Central Florida schools, cancels games]

UCF next plays at home versus Georgia Tech on Sept. 16. Memphis hosts UCLA on Sept. 16.

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