UPDATE: NC State has officially announced that the West Virginia-NC State game has been canceled.
“NC State will not play its scheduled football game with West Virginia University this weekend due to the increasing likelihood of severe and unsafe conditions associated with Hurricane Florence.
Emergency management resources are expected to be fully utilized and needed throughout the region, and today’s decision will help give ample time to deploy those resources across the state.”
In addition, It was announced during the Dana Holgorsen Press Conference Show that the “Iowa State stuff is false”. Though, in NC State’s announcement the possibility for reschedule was left open. Hopefully, that happens.
UPDATE 2: It is looking more and more like the game will not be rescheduled.
AD Shane Lyons: “@WVUfootball will not reschedule a game for Oct. 20.” (WVU’s bye week.)
Game won’t be played the first week of December either. Lyons: “I plan to be in Dallas.”
— Nick Farrell (@ByNickFarrell) September 11, 2018
According to CBS News Station WOWK 13 in West Virginia, the Mountaineers game this Saturday against NC State will be canceled due to the threat of Hurrican Florence. WOWK 13 expects the official announcement to come either late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Sources tell them that the West Virginia and the Big 12 are trying to work with NC State to move the game to Morgantown, but the Wolfpack are refusing to cooperate. According to WOWK, The Mountaineers even offered to give all the profits to NC State, but they still refused.
West Virginia is currently trying to reschedule the game, as cancelling the game outright could have major consequences for the Mountaineers. One option, according to WOWK 13, is to move the game to October 13, when the Mountaineers are schedule to play Iowa State. However, since both Iowa State and West Virginia have scheduled bye the following week, they could move their game to Thursday, October 18. That would mean the Mountaineer’s bye week would be this week, and Iowa State bye week would move up a week.
Hopefully, they are able to work something out. The Mountaineers have playoff hopes, and losing a “data point” could give the committee reason to leave them on the outside looking in, should they be there at the end. Not to mention, the impact it would have on quarterback Will Grier’s Heisman chances. Losing a game’s worth of stats could end up hurting his resume.
Hopefully, they can come to an agreement and find a way to play the game. We will update this story if and when more information becomes available. Until then, keep your fingers crossed, Mountaineer Nation.