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Akron's athletic director releases statement on game cancelation

Posted: 9:53 PM, Sep 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-03 03:54:51Z

University of Akron Director of Athletics Larry Williams released a statement Sunday night following the cancellation of the football game between Akron and Nebraska. 

"Last night during the lightning delay, the University of Akron tried to secure accommodations for the team within a reasonable distance from Lincoln, Neb.," Williams said. "These accommodations were not available or would have required our team to stay in multiple locations which is not in the best interest of our team or student-athletes. Also thunderstorms were anticipated throughout the Lincoln area on Sunday, making the opportunity to play very questionable. The University of Akron and the University of Nebraska are in discussions to make up the game in Week 14 of the college football season should either team need the game to become bowl eligible. The announcement of the potential of playing the game Sunday was unfortunate, but premature, as both teams and FOX had not agreed to the details of playing the game." 

Earlier Sunday Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos released a statement earlier Sunday stating Akron ran in to logistical issue when trying to move the game to Sunday. 

Nebraska canceled its game versus Akron following a lightning delay Saturday night. 

The Huskers will now open the 2018 season at home versus Colorado on September 8.