A-State AD releases statement on Miami cancellation

A-State AD releases statement on Miami cancellation

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The home opener of the Red Wolves football season will not go as planned.

On Wednesday, the University of Miami canceled their Jonesboro meeting with the Red Wolves for Saturday, according to A-State.

Due to the contract, Miami could owe A-State $650,000.

Hurricane Irma which hit some Caribbean islands Wednesday morning is forecasted to make landfall in Florida by the weekend.

According to sources, the issue wasn't getting to Jonesboro for the game, the problem would be getting back to Miami, and that uncertainty led to Miami erring on the side of caution.

Arkansas State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir issued the following statement Wednesday:

“Having lived in Palm Beach County for seven years, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in South Florida as they prepare for Hurricane Irma.

Over the past 24 hours I had numerous exchanges with University of Miami Athletics Director Blake James, offering to make additional accommodations for his players and program to assist them with their trip to Memphis and Jonesboro.  This morning I spoke with Blake (James), who informed me their team will not be making the trip to Jonesboro to play in our game this Saturday.

I appreciate the Sun Belt Conference office, Commissioner Karl Benson and ESPN’s work to give us the option to move the game and broadcast to Friday night, which gave the University of Miami an alternative.  Ultimately, the Miami administration made the decision not to travel.

We are currently working through all the variables associated with the game not being played.  We will keep the fan base and media updated as we know more.”

The Red Wolves are 0-1 on the young season after losing a close game against Nebraska last weekend.

No word yet from A-State on if ticket holders will be refunded.

In the agreement between the two universities, there was a "force majeure" clause that allowed the game to be canceled and not made up for a penalty. The clause dealing with cancellation of the game and the money owed is clause 6 in the same contract.

You can read the entire contract here:

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