UTSA/South Alabama game postponed to 1 p.m. on Saturday
MOBILE, Ala. — South Alabama Athletics Department officials announced Tuesday morning that season opener against UTSA, originally scheduled for Thursday night, has been postponed until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium due to the threat of Hurricane Isaac.
The two teams will square off for the second consecutive year in what is the Roadrunners’ second season of play and the game can be seen on ESPN3. The Jaguars handed UTSA a 30-27 setback in double overtime last year (Oct. 8) at the Alamodome.
"(South Alabama Athletics Director) Joel Erdmann and I have been in contact since this past weekend," UTSA Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey. "We had conference calls yesterday and this morning where he gave us more detailed weather information and expectations. The primary concern in the decision was the safety of the two teams, fans and game day staff. Joel and his staff have been outstanding in working with us through the logistics of this situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of Mobile and the surrounding region that will be affected by this storm. These two teams played a great game last year and we're anticipating another very competitive contest this Saturday regardless of this late change in the date of the game."
"The safety of the citizens of Mobile and the entire Gulf Coast region should be the first and foremost concern right now," UTSA head coach Larry Coker said. "Lynn Hickey has been working diligently with officials from South Alabama the last 48 hours and moving the game to Saturday ensures that they will have the opportunity to recover from any damage the storm inflicts, as well as giving us the chance to arrive safely. There really isn't much difference between playing on Thursday or Saturday as far as our preparation is concerned, but right now our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who will be affected by Isaac."
UTSA, which is making the jump to the Football Bowl Subdivision this fall as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, is coming off an inaugural campaign that saw it post a 4-6 record as a Football Championship Subdivision independent.
The Roadrunners will open their home slate on Saturday, Sept. 8, against Texas A&M-Commerce. Kickoff for that contest is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Alamodome. Tickets are on sale online at goUTSA.com or via phone at (210) 458-UTSA (8872).