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N.C. State, North Carolina call off home football games because of storm

Because of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Florence, N.C. State coach Dave Doeren won’t be roaming the sideline on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium, where the Wolfpack was scheduled to host West Virginia. It’s unknown if the game will be rescheduled.
Because of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Florence, N.C. State coach Dave Doeren won’t be roaming the sideline on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium, where the Wolfpack was scheduled to host West Virginia. It’s unknown if the game will be rescheduled. ehyman@newsobserver.com

Two college football games involving ACC teams have been called off because of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Florence, with the storm generally creating havoc with the rest of this week’s schedule.

N.C. State’s game against West Virginia at Raleigh’s Carter-Finley Stadium and North Carolina’s game against Central Florida were both called off. It’s not known whether either game will be rescheduled.

“Hosting a major college football game is a massive undertaking that on a good day involves fans and thousands of state, local and campus personnel, including public safety officials, traveling from all over the area,” UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement “The current forecast for both the impact and aftermath of the hurricane would require those officials to divert critical resources from what could be much more significant duties. We can’t know for certain the amount of damage the storm will inflict, but the sensible decision at this time is to not play the game.”

In the Charlotte area, the Charlotte 49ers have not announced any decision on the status of their Conference USA game against Old Dominion, scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Richardson Stadium. The Monarchs are already traveling to Charlotte after much of the Hampton Roads area in Virginia has been evacuated.

Davidson’s Saturday game against visiting Guilford was rescheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m.

Other area games scheduled for Saturday, including Georgia Southern at Clemson, Marshall at South Carolina, Southern Mississippi at Appalachian State and Western Carolina at Gardner-Webb, are still scheduled to be played, although the weather conditions are being monitored closely at each school.

Weather-affected games

Guilford at Davidson: Moved to Thursday, 7 p.m.

Boston College at Wake Forest: Will be played as scheduled Thursday, but kickoff has been moved up from to 5:30 p.m. from 7:30 p.m.

Elizabeth City State vs. Winston-Salem State (at Rocky Mount): Called off, a decision on whether to reschedule hasn’t been made.

Central Florida at North Carolina: Called off, unknown if it will be rescheduled.

West Virginia at N.C. State: Called off, unknown if it will be rescheduled.

East Carolina at Virginia Tech: Called off, unknown if it will be rescheduled.

UNC Pembroke at Catawba: Canceled, will not be made up.

Coastal Carolina at Campbell: Originally scheduled for Saturday at Coastal Carolina, has been moved to Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Campbell in Buies Creek. Admission and parking are free.

William & Mary at Elon: Canceled, no make up date announced.

Charleston Southern at The Citadel: Postponed to Nov. 29 (provided neither team makes the FCS playoffs).

Chowan at Shaw: Postponed, TBA.

Benedict at Fayetteville State: Canceled.

Methodist at Emory & Henry (Va.): Canceled.

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