All UW Events Postponed Through Weekend

Sept. 11, 2001

SEATTLE - In light of today's tragic events, University of Washington director ofathletics Barbara Hedges has announced today that all UW athleticsevents through the weekend - including the Huskies' football game atMiami (Fla.) on Saturday - have been postponed.

Hedges, who is in Philadelphia, Pa., today on NCAA business has decidedthat, out of respect for the many lost lives, as well as due to travel-related difficulties and concerns, it would not be prudent to pursue thestaging of any athletic events. Hedges has spoken with Miami athleticdirector Paul Dee, who agreed that the football game should not beplayed at this time, but at a later date to be determined.

An announcement will be made when any further details regarding re-scheduling are known.

Washington was scheduled to host only one home event this week, a men'ssoccer match vs. UC Santa Barbara Friday at Husky Soccer Stadium. Themen's soccer team, women's soccer team, volleyball team and footballteam were all scheduled to travel to away games.

Following is a complete list of the University of Washington athleticevents that have been postponed:

Wed., Sept. 12     Women's Volleyball at Gonzaga               Spokane, Wash.Fri., Sept. 14     Women's Volleyball at Washington State      Pullman, Wash.Fri., Sept. 14     Women's Soccer at Portland Invitational     Portland, Ore.Fri., Sept. 14     Men's Soccer vs. UC Santa Barbara           Seattle, Wash.Sat., Sept. 15     Football at Miami (Fla.)                    Miami, Fla.Sun., Sept. 16     Men's Soccer at Gonzaga                     Spokane, Wash.Sun., Sept. 16     Women's Soccer at Portland Invitational     Portland, Ore.

Quotes from athletic director Barbara Hedges:

'Because of the national tragedy, the Pac-10 athletic directors voted unanimously to postpone all Pac-10 competition through the weekend. Individual institutions were given latitude to make their own decisions on the non-conference schedule. Miami athletic director Paul Dee and I have been talking since this event occurred, and he and I have agreed that we will postpone our football game on Saturday. That game will be played at a later date. The enormity of what has happened today, our concern for our student-athletes, the concern for travel, and the desire to respect what has happened to this country were all factors in our decision.'

'The weekend that we don't have a game is Thanksgiving weekend, Sat., Nov. 24. The other possibility is that if there is any extension of the season as a result of other institutions having to reschedule their contests, there might be some flexibility there, however, that is very speculative. The only way that could happen is if the season were extended one week. I doubt that will happen, but many of the institutions who will have to postpone contests this weekend will have difficulty rescheduling those games.'

On the discussions by Pac-10 athletic directors: 'We wanted to make a conference decision. We wanted it to be unanimous in the conference because we felt that it was the right thing to do. I think that everybody, at least in football, will make an effort to reschedule. If for some reason that can not occur, than those institutions should be not disadvantaged [in the result of a tiebreaker situation at the end of the season] as a result of that. We're dealing with a situation that we haven't dealt with before, and we'll just have to figure that out as we go along.'

On the schedule throughout the Pac-10: 'I don't believe that anybody is going to play football games this weekend. However, we did give institutions latitude with the non-conference games.'

Statement from Paul Dee, University of Miami Director of Athletics:

'The University of Miami and the University of Washington jointly announced that the postponement of the football game to be played between the schools this Saturday at the Orange Bowl. This decision is made in light of today's national tragedy. The University of Miami takes this action out of respect for the people who gave their lives in today's tragedy. We have agreed to play the game at a later date, most likely Saturday, November 24th, which is a common open date for the two schools. A final determination for the date of the game will be made in the near future.'

Statement from Larry Coker, University of Miami Head Football Coach:

'We're saddened and stunned by the tragedy that took place today and our deepest best wishes go out to the families of the victim. We're extremely disappointed we're not going to be able to play the University of Washington this Saturday at the Orange Bowl. Hopefully, we will be able to come to an agreement on a playing date soon.'

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