Horrible, icy, snowy weather postpones games, affects broadcasts
North Carolina-Georgia Tech, Auburn-Alabama and South Alabama-Georgia State have all had their games altered to due travel and safety concerns.
Inclement and unusual weather throughout the southern part of the country has led to disastrous conditions on the road and a state of emergency in many states. The city of Atlanta is currently covered in ice in many places, and this has led to decisions to postpone games or prevent some from being put on television.
ESPN play-by-play man Bob Wischusen, who was scheduled to call the UNC-Georgia Tech game Wednesday night, tweeted that a decision was made not to put the game on the air.
UNC sports information director Steve Kirschner told CBSSports.com Wednesday afternoon that plans were still in place to play the game, even if it wasn't able to be broadcast.
The same affliction has affected the Vanderbilt-Georgia game for Wednesday night. Craig Pinkerton, the director of media relations for the SEC, tweeted out the following:
Due to weather issues, the Vanderbilt-Georgia game will only be available on http://t.co/9AVBrcuSCm. TV crews unable to get to Athens— Craig Pinkerton (@SEC_Craig) January 29, 2014
Georgia isn't the only state succumbing to the rare, dangerous winter conditions. It was announced late Tuesday night that snowy weather forced the game between the Auburn and Alabama to be pushed back until Thursday.
"After consulting with the Southeastern Conference, it has been determined that the men's basketball game between Auburn and Alabama has been postponed until Thursday due to wintery weather across the state of Alabama," according to a release. "The safety of the participating teams, staff and fans was considered in postponing the game. Tip time has been set for approximately 25 minutes following the conclusion of the Texas A&M at Auburn women's game, which has been moved to a 5 p.m. tip off."
Georgia State also announced Wednesday morning that its home game scheduled for Thursday night against South Alabama has been moved to Monday, Feb. 3, due to paralyzing weather conditions in the greater Atlanta area.
South Alabama was unable to fly or drive to the Atlanta area as of Wednesday morning, so a decision to move the game back four days had to be made.
"Conditions do not look like they will improve enough to make a Thursday game possible when taking into consideration player and fan safety, therefore prompting the move to Monday after consultation between both athletic department administrations," according to a GSU release. "The South Alabama women's team made it to Atlanta overnight and the game against Georgia State is still planned to be played on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET at the Sports Arena. It was postponed from its originally scheduled Wednesday night tip."
Georgia State's next game is now at home against Texas-Arlington. GSU has won 11 games in a row, tied for the longest in program history.
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