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Marshall, TCU game postponed

AP and staff reports

HUNTINGTON, W.

Thursday, September 13, 2001

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University and Texas Christian University athletic officials have decided to postpone Saturday’s football game at TCU.

The decision was made because of safety and travel concerns in the wake of terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continued a oratorium on all air travel for a second day on Wednesday.

"With respect to the somber mood of the nation and the requests for limiting air travel, Marshall and TCU have decided not to play a football game this weekend," Marshall president Dave Angel said. "No decision has been reached regarding an alternate date for the game."

Marshall (1-1) has an open date Sept. 22. TCU’s open date is Oct. 6.

Also, Navy and Northwestern agreed Wednesday to cancel Saturday’s game at Ryan Field in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

Because there were no common open dates to make the game up, it was canceled and not postponed, school spokesman Mike Wolfe said.

Northwestern’s only open date is Dec. 1, the day of the Army-Navy game. Navy lost 70-7 to Georgia Tech last week.

The Big Ten announced Wednesday that the remainder of its schedule would be played, except in cases where teams mutually agreed to cancel.

Purdue’s home game with Notre Dame was postponed and rescheduled to Dec. 1. Penn State’s game at Virginia on Thursday night was postponed and tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 1.

Also postponed was San Diego State at No. 21 Ohio State.

Illinois’ game with Louisville in Champaign, Ill., will be played as scheduled.

The rest of the schedule Saturday includes Western Kentucky at Wisconsin; Kentucky at Indiana; Iowa State at Iowa; Western Michigan at Michigan; Missouri at Michigan State and Baylor at Minnesota.

Nine of the league’s 11 schools have begun classes.

”Our schools are holding classes, people are returning to work and college athletics in the Big Ten is moving forward as encouraged by President Bush in his public comments,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said.