AAC adjusts its football schedule due to hurricane issue

The American Athletic Conference has announced a number of changes to its 2017 football schedule, including a rescheduled date for the game between USF and UConn that was not played in advance of Hurricane Irma.

The USF-UConn game will be played Nov. 4 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut. To accommodate the rescheduled date, games involving three other American Athletic Conference teams have been adjusted as well.

“I would like to thank our presidents, athletic directors and our head football coaches for their outstanding collaboration and cooperation to resolve this unprecedented situation in as fair a manner as possible,” said AAC commissioner Mike Aresco. “I would also like to acknowledge and thank Ryan Bamford of UMass for his cooperation and understanding. This was not an easy process, but we feel that this revised schedule is a significant step toward giving us the best opportunity to decide our champion on the field.”

The changes to the 2017 schedule for each team are as follows:

  • UConn played ECU Sept. 24 (replacing an open date) and will host USF Nov. 4 (replacing the original date of the ECU game). The game was played on a Sunday due to the unavailability of Pratt & Whitney Stadium on Saturday.
  • USF will host Cincinnati Oct. 14 (replacing a previously scheduled game against Massachusetts), will host Houston Oct. 28 (replacing the original game against Cincinnati), and will play at UConn Saturday, Nov. 4 (replacing the original game against Houston).
  • Cincinnati will play at USF Oct. 14 and will have its open date Oct. 28 (replacing an Oct. 14 open date and the game at USF Oct. 28).
  • East Carolina University will visit UConn Sept. 24 (replacing an open date), will have an open date Saturday, Oct. 28 (replacing a game against Houston), and will play at Houston Saturday, Nov. 4 (replacing the previously scheduled game against UConn).
  • Houston will play at USF Oct. 28 (instead of Nov. 4) and will host ECU Nov. 4 (instead of Oct. 28).

The American is continuing its efforts to reschedule the game between Memphis and UCF, which also was not played due to Hurricane Irma.