Because of concerns surrounding the effects of Hurricane Isaac, Louisiana Tech officials announced Tuesday that they have postponed the season opener against Texas A&M until Oct. 13.
The teams were scheduled to play at 6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La. The teams each share Oct. 13 as an open date on their schedules, meaning no further schedule modifications will be required for each team.
Kickoff time will be determined at a later date.
“I know Coach (Kevin) Sumlin and our Aggie football team were ready to play, but the safety and well-being of our Aggie fans, our student-athletes as well as the residents of Louisiana is paramount,” Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman said in a statement.
Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde made the decision after consulting with school president Dan Reneau, head football coach Sonny Dykes, Texas A&M officials and regional and national weather agencies.
"Our primary concern was for the health and safety of the general public, students and fans of both institutions," Van De Velde said in a statement. "It's impossible to predict exactly what is going to happen throughout the state, so we also wanted to be conscientious of the possible effects of this storm on residents throughout Louisiana.
"As much as both teams wanted to play, the safety of everyone took precedent over a football game, even one of this magnitude."
Texas A&M will now open its season on Sept. 8 against Southeastern Conference foe Florida at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. It will be the Aggies' first SEC game and first game as a member of the SEC. Louisiana Tech will open the season on Sept. 8 at Houston.