American Athletic Conference alters 2017 football schedule due to Irma

By Kevin Kelley -

The American Athletic Conference has announced several changes to its 2017 football changes due to Hurricane Irma.

USF and UConn, which were scheduled to play in East Hartford on Sept. 9, will now play on Saturday, Nov. 4. Memphis and UCF, which also did not play due to Hurricane Irma, are still in negotiations to reschedule their game.

Due to the USF-UConn change, The American had to make additional changes to their 2017 football schedule. Below are the changes via the American release:

UConn will host ECU Sunday, Sept. 24 (replacing an open date) and will host USF Saturday, Nov. 4 (replacing the original date of the ECU game). The game will be played on a Sunday due to the unavailability of Pratt & Whitney Stadium on Saturday.

USF will host Cincinnati Saturday, Oct. 14 (replacing a previously scheduled game against Massachusetts), will host Houston Saturday, 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 Saturday, Oct. 14 and will have its open date Oct. 28 (replacing an Oct. 14 open date and the game at USF Oct. 28).

ECU will visit UConn Sunday, 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 Saturday, Oct. 28 (instead of Nov. 4) and will host ECU Saturday, Nov. 4 (instead of Oct. 28).

“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 American Athletic Conference 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.”

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Comments (4)

What happens to the fans who have already booked travel (presumably non-refundable) to see their team on the road. For example, what happens to ECU fans with plane and hotel reservations in Houston on Oct 28? Will he teamas or the AAC make amends or are the fans screwed as usual?