ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF has canceled Friday night’s football game against Memphis at the last minute, fearing the worst from Hurricane Irma’s impending landfall. Originally scheduled for Saturday night and then rescheduled for early Friday evening, the university was forced to take further action after Governor Scott declared all public schools, state universities and colleges close across Florida on Thursday evening.
Eli Savoie of Real Sports Talk-Sports 56/87.7FM in Memphis was first with the news.
The Memphis Tigers game at UCF has now been canceled. Tigers will fly back home tonight
— Eli Savoie (@Eli560) September 8, 2017
According to reports, Memphis was unaware of the game’s cancellation until touching down in Orlando, prompting an immediate turnaround.
Memphis media all coming out saying this #UCF game is OFF…didn't stick around too long after landing…
— Chris Torello (@TorelloSports) September 8, 2017
UCF and Memphis have not yet released an official statement regarding the decision.