The Southern Miss-Appalachian State football game will not be played on Saturday in Boone, North Carolina, due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence.
USM and Appalachian State officials announced Wednesday that they will begin looking at rescheduling the game for a later date in the season. USM athletic director Jon Gilbert said that there have been no specific dates mentioned as possibilities.
A look at the two teams’ schedules gives little indication that they will be able to reschedule prior to their Nov. 24 regular season finales. If neither team makes their conference title contests, the weekend of Dec. 1 may be a possibility.
“We’re still having discussions on what works for both groups,” Gilbert said.
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The threat of Hurricane Florence caused evacuation orders in coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Appalachian State’s campus in Boone, North Carolina, is located almost 400 miles away from the state’s Atlantic Coast, but Florence is expected to bring dangerous weather to the entire region.
Florence is currently a Category 4 storm and is expected to make landfall on Friday with hurricane-force winds anticipated for Thursday night.
Forecasts indicate that Florence will move inland slowly and bring rain to the region for days.
Southern Miss (1-1) is coming off a 21-20 loss to Louisiana-Monroe while Appalachian State is 1-1 after winning at Charlotte last week.