UM postpones game against West Virginia

Home football game to be played Sept. 29

Navy game canceled

Postponements

September 13, 2001|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Maryland's football game against West Virginia this weekend has been postponed in observance of those killed in Tuesday's terrorist attacks against the United States.

The game, originally scheduled for Saturday evening at Byrd Stadium, is now set for Sept. 29 at noon. It was an open date for both teams.

The Atlantic Coast Conference yesterday voted to postpone all athletic events through Saturday. The Big East, of which West Virginia is a member, decided to postpone all sporting events through Sunday.

Maryland continued to practice the past two days while the school waited for a decision by the ACC.

"Our athletic program and the ACC wishes to show appropriate respect for those directly affected by this extraordinary tragedy," Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow said in a statement.

Nearly 40,000 tickets had been sold for the West Virginia game as of Tuesday.

Elsewhere locally, Navy's game at No. 16 Northwestern was canceled, and will not be made up since the schools do not have any common open dates the remainder of the season.

"Our country was attacked yesterday and there are military and civilian fatalities in three states," said Naval Academy interim athletic director Kevin Sinnett.

Said Northwestern director of athletics Rick Taylor: "We understand that other schools may be able to go ahead with their games, but given the unique circumstances of playing one of our U.S. military academies, both schools agreed not to play."

Navy has also canceled a trip by the men's soccer team to play Indianapolis and the water polo team's trip to Los Angeles to play in the Southern California Tournament this weekend.

Towson's football game against visiting Yale on Saturday has been canceled. It would have been the first trip to Towson for an Ivy League school.

"While there are no opportunities for rescheduling this game during the 2001 season," said Towson athletic director Wayne Edwards, "we will work with Yale officials in determining a future scheduling opportunity for a game to be played at Towson."

No decisions were made yesterday on any of the other five state football teams scheduled to play Saturday.

Nationally, the Pacific-10 decided earlier that it would not play football Saturday. The Southeastern Conference and Southern Conference will play as scheduled. The Big Ten have not made announcements, although one Big Ten team, Ohio State, did postpone its Saturday game against San Diego State. That contest will be made up Oct. 20.

Among the postponed games were two matchups in the state of Florida - No. 13 Washington at No. 1 Miami and No. 10 Georgia Tech at No. 6 Florida State. A third game - a key SEC matchup of No. 8 Tennessee at No. 2 Florida - will be played in Gainesville, Fla.

The SEC said it decided to go forward with its games "to bring our people together." The league said it will donate $1 million from weekend receipts and TV fees to help victims of the attacks.

SEC schools "mourn the tragic loss of lives, bodily injury and condemn the acts of destruction, which occurred yesterday in this nation," an SEC statement said.

The Big 12 Conference was willing to play a full football schedule this weekend, but ended up with one postponement: No. 4 Nebraska and Rice pushing back their game to next Thursday.

Nine other games will be played Saturday. That includes Texas Tech against Texas-El Paso, delayed from tonight.

The Cornhuskers had to find a new date because Rice postponed or canceled all athletic events through Sunday. The schools have rescheduled their football game for Sept. 20. Both had Saturday, Sept. 22 open, but Rice was leaving for a road game against Hawaii a few days later.

In other sports:

Auto racing: The next two Formula One races, including the U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis, will be run as scheduled despite the terrorist attacks in the United States.

Officials said ceremonies for the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday would be canceled in deference to the victims of the attacks, but that the race would go on.

At Indianapolis Motor Speedway, vice president Fred Nation said the Sept. 30 U.S. Grand Prix also would be run as scheduled.

Boxing: The undisputed middleweight championship fight between Felix Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins set for Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York was postponed.

No new date was set.

"It's been postponed," promoter Don King said by phone from his home at Windsor, Ohio. "I was devastated by the attack."

Lou DiBella, an advisor to Hopkins, said the fighter worked out Monday at the Waterfront Gym three blocks from the World Trade Center.

"He was scheduled to be at that same gym noon on Tuesday for a workout for members of the press. It's literally in the shadow of the World Trade Center, and it's totally covered in ash," DiBella said.

Golf: The American Express Championship was called off, the first time in five years the PGA Tour has canceled a tournament.

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