HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Hurricane Ivan forced the
postponement of Thursday's football game between Southern
Mississippi and California.
"Our utmost concern at this point is the safety of our
student-athletes, coaches, staff, fans and community," Southern
Miss athletic director Richard Giannini said in a statement Monday
night. "We don't know the exact path of the hurricane or the
potential damage it may cause and had planned to make a decision
Southern Miss officials said the makeup date will be announced
The game most likely will be rescheduled in early December, according to a Cal press release. Dec. 4 is the only remaining
weekend neither team has a game scheduled, Southern Miss
senior associate athletic director David Hansen said.
"In making this decision, our biggest consideration was the safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, as well as those who might attend the game, " Cal athletic director Steve Gladstone said. "Only recently, we have seen the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Frances. It was clear to us that public safety and welfare must take precedent over any other considerations."
Ivan, which has left at least 68 dead across the Caribbean,
headed toward the tip of western Cuba on Monday on a path toward
the U.S. gulf coast.
"We talked with the local bus company, the team hotel and others about the situation, and they all said evacuation plans were already underway there," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "We even consulted our hurricane expert on campus here and he reinforced our thinking that the risks were too great."
Tedford said moving the game to this Saturday was considered but logistics -- such as securing a new charter flight and arranging hotel reservations -- proved too difficult.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.