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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Due to impending severe weather, this weekend’s previously scheduled football contest between Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State has been postponed. The game was to take place Saturday, Oct. 8, at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

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The game is projected to be rescheduled, but a date for that has yet to be determined.

With Hurricane Matthew expected to make landfall along the Florida coast during the early morning hours Thursday, Oct. 6, the storm is projected to hit the state of South Carolina sometime late-to-early Friday stretching into Saturday morning. Therefore, Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina, called for a State of Emergency throughout the Palmetto State, with that emergency call coming into place during the afternoon hours of Tuesday, Oct. 4.

 All athletic activities, including the 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony set for Friday, Oct. 7, are postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Tickets already purchased will honored at the rescheduled event.

In a statement from Dr. Dennis E. Thomas, Commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, he expressed the safety of the coaches, student-athletes and fans from both institutions, and how that affected the decision to postpone the game.

“The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is actively monitoring the weather forecasts in the areas Hurricane Matthew may potentially affect,” said Dr. Thomas. “Our top priority is the well-being and safety of the student-athletes, coaches, athletic staff, ancillary units and fans. As a result, we are in daily discussions with the institutions in the areas that may be impacted and we will adjust games, dates and times accordingly. We will keep the public informed if there are any changes.”

Bethune-Cookman is scheduled to host North Carolina A&T to Municipal Stadium on Thursday, October 13. The game will be aired live on ESPNU with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

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