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Hurricane Florence wreaks havoc with weekend HBCU football schedules

Most games are postponed, but some are canceled

Hurricane Florence has caused the closing of college campuses and postponement of several HBCU football games this weekend.

Several historically black college and university (HBCU) campuses, including North Carolina Central in Durham, North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, Winston-Salem (North Carolina) State and Hampton (Virginia) University, closed Wednesday, and that will continue through early next week because of the impending Category 4 storm. South Carolina State University and Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina; Elizabeth City (North Carolina) State; St. Augustine and Shaw universities in Raleigh, North Carolina; Bennett College in Greensboro; Fayetteville (North Carolina) State; and Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte suspended classes, while dorms and cafeterias will remain open for students who remain on some campuses.

These Saturday games have been canceled or postponed: NCCU at S.C. State (postponed to Nov. 24), Savannah State at Howard (postponed, with the date still to be determined), Tennessee State at Hampton (canceled) and Norfolk State at Liberty (postponed to Dec. 1).

ESPN, which was to broadcast the NCCU vs. S.C. State contest, is rescheduling several games. Other games across North Carolina have also been canceled or postponed, including contests involving ACC teams Duke, N.C. State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

John X. Miller is the senior HBCU editor for Andscape. He's a father, jazz aficionado and die-hard UNC basketball fan.