If you’re planning on moving the date of a game you should probably confirm the switch with your opponent before you announce it.
Texas Tech said Tuesday that its season-opening game at home vs. Eastern Washington would be played on Sunday Sep. 3 instead of the day before for television reasons. Given that college football’s opening weekend includes games played from Thursday through Monday, the move of a game from Saturday to Sunday isn’t all that notable.
It is notable, however, when the visiting team has no idea the move is taking place. Shortly after the announcement, EWU athletic director Bill Chaves tweeted that the team hadn’t agreed to the change.
We have NOT agreed to play on Sunday vs Texas Tech…not sure why this was released but again we have not agreed to this change…#GoEags
— Bill Chaves (@EWUeaglesAD) April 18, 2017
That forced Texas Tech to release a second statement correcting its first one and delete the first statement entirely from its website. Oops.
“The public release of the schedule change with Eastern Washington has caused conflicts that we are working to resolve at this time,” the second statement said. “We are currently in contact with both Fox Sports and Eastern Washington. We will provide an update on an official game time and date as soon as possible.”
Given how we all know that television networks (Fox in this case) have a lot of clout when it comes to football scheduling and the fact that Texas Tech is paying its FCS opponent to travel to Lubbock, it seemed like a safe bet the game will end up being played on Sunday. But we found out later Tuesday afternoon that the game will stay on Saturday. Always communicate.
— Will McKay (@Will_R_Mckay) April 18, 2017
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