Fresno State's football game at Colorado has been postponed because of the historic flooding in Boulder, the Fresno Bee and other news agencies reported today.
Fresno State and Colorado will attempt to play the game Dec. 7, although that is the date of the Mountain West Conference and the Pac-12 Conference championship games. If either the Bulldogs or Buffaloes reach their respective conference title game, their matchup likely would be cancelled, although they still could attempt to work out an arrangement, the Bee said.
In a statement posted on the University of Colorado website, university Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said: "Even though the weather is improving, Boulder is still designated as a national emergency site. ... This is not an appropriate time for us to hold a game that would put pressure on the community, both in terms of security/emergency personnel, but also in diverting attention from people in need."
CU Athletic Director Rick George said the decision was made with the fans in mind.
"We feel that this decision is the appropriate one in light of the circumstances," George said in a statement. "Many of our students, alumni and fans have been affected by the events of this week and again, this is the right decision to make in light of those."
CU coach Mike MacIntyre said the team supports the decision.
"Our players have a strong desire to compete, but many of them and many of their friends have personally been affected and I know they support this decision to postpone as well," MacIntyre told the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper.. "This is the appropriate decision and we are all 100 percent in agreement."
It is only the third game in CU Buffs history to be postponed. The first was in 1963 after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the second was in 2001 after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Boulder has been hit by severe flooding over the past day and a half and while the conditions at grass-surface Folsom Field are considered to be playable, many roads in the area are closed because of flooding and areas of Boulder -- including the grass parking areas around Folsom Field -- are closed.