Saturday's game between Fresno State and Colorado at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo., has been postponed due to heavy rains and flooding that has damaged more than a quarter of the buildings on campus and caused significant damage in the community.
As of Friday afternoon, three were reported dead and as many as 17 were unaccounted for in the immediate Boulder area, according to local authorities.
Colorado announced via a press release Friday afternoon that the Fresno State CU game has indeed been postponed. Officals from both schools will discuss a potential makeup date, the release stated.
"Even though the weather is improving, Boulder is still designated as a national emergency site," Colorado chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said in a statement. "Our community is hurting. Many of our students are displaced from their homes, including many of our student-athletes. 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."
The football team will not schedule activities for the weekend, instead focusing on local outreach and aid.
"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," head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "This is the appropriate decision and we are all 100 percent in agreement."
The school cancelled classes late in the week with at least 40 buildings on campus having significant water damage. Students living in family housing near Boulder Creek had to evacuate and the National Guard evacuated a small town near the campus.
Fresno State athletic director Thomas Boeh told the Fresno Bee on Thursday that weather would not prevent the game from being played. The Boulder Daily Camera reported that Folsom Field, which is on higher ground, was expected to be in good enough condition to be played on Saturday.