Contest between SC State, NC Central postponed due to hurricane

Contest between SC State, NC Central postponed due to hurricane
South Carolina State head coach Oliver Pough, left, reacts after a play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - Saturday's contest between South Carolina State and North Carolina Central has been postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Florence.

This is the third consecutive year the Bulldogs have had a game postponed due to an incoming hurricane.

"I'm actually happy now that we've got some closure," said Bulldogs head coach Buddy Pough. "We know exactly what we're headed for. It's hard preparing for the unknowns, for the hypotheticals. That's probably more frustrating. Now that we know exactly what we're going to do. Now, the only part of the formula that we've actually got to figure out is the actual storm itself and whether we can come out of it whole."

Several players on the Bulldogs rosters are from areas in South Carolina that could be affected by Hurricane Florence. Knowing that, Pough understands where those players stand regarding their families well-being while they are away from home.

"That's an issue," Pough said. "You have parents who are alone. You have all different kinds of circumstances you wouldn't understand when you're talking about what's going on with our kids. We've got a lot of situations that we're trying to at least monitor and try to see if we can assist in any ways we can.

"There are a lot of young men in college who basically have the responsibility for tending to their families. When these kinds of things go on, then, they're awfully concerned and a little bit shaken by it all. This is a troubling kind of experience and I can tell you that it does not come lightly. It's not just a storm. It interrupts families and their traditions and routines and all that kind of stuff in ways that, sometimes, take a long time to get back on track.."

SC State will play MEAC foe North Carolina Central on Nov. 24. The Bulldogs return to action at home on Sept. 22 when they host Norfolk State.

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