Hurricane Harvey has forced the postponement of the season opening game for the Richmond Spiders football team.
The seventh-ranked Spiders were to face third-ranked Sam Houston State Sunday night in a nationally televised contest, but the forecasts of Hurricane Harvey reaching landfall by Saturday morning northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, then slowing down to create possibly historic rainfall totals in several Texas cities, including Houston, forced officials to make the decision to not try to play the game.
Sam Houston State is 70 miles north of Houston, but expects to receive possibly major effects of Harvey. There is no new date and time yet for the game.
"First of all our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the storm," said Spiders Interim Athletic Director David Walsh in a press release from the school late Friday morning. "Given the circumstances we feel this is the best, safest decision we can make in an effort to protect the well-being of the student-athletes and staff on both sides."
The Spiders now begin to focus on their new season opener, at home, versus Colgate set for Saturday, September 9th at 1pm at Robins Stadium. The only bye week on Richmond's schedule is the weekend of September 30th, but the Bearkats are scheduled to be at Central Arkansas that Saturday.