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Friday, September 12, 2008
Hurricane Ike wreaks havoc on Big 12 schedule

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Hurricane Ike is poised to sweep through Texas as millions have been told to evacuate their homes along the Gulf Coast.

The massive hurricane has already affected this weekend's schedule across the Big 12 before making landfall.

Texas' game against Arkansas has been postponed until Sept. 27. It will be the first time that Texas has ever postponed a game because of weather in school history.

The approaching storm is having effects all over Austin. Elementary schools will be closing there at noon Friday. Texas deflated its massive practice bubble at Denius Fields Thursday to make sure it won't get blown away in the storm.

Texas coach Mack Brown told reporters that several players initially told him they would have liked to have played the Razorbacks. But out of respect for all of the potential calamity, Texas officials decided that not playing this weekend made more sense.

"We've just got to manage it and handle it," Brown told reporters on Thursday. "The thing that we will explain to the players today is -- how selfish of us to feel sorry ourselves that we don't get to play. There are a lot of people this weekend that have got a lot more problems than we have, and we need to pray for them."

Baylor moved its game against Washington State to Friday night because of concerns about the weather. Their decision means that the Cougars will face an excruciatingly long day, leaving Pullman, Wash., early on Friday for a 1,490-mile flight to Waco before playing later Friday night.

Oklahoma State, located nearly 500 miles from the Texas Gulf Coast where the storm will hit, pushed its game start against Missouri State forward by six hours on Saturday. And Missouri will move its kickoff with Nevada to late Saturday morning to capitalize on a vacant television window provided when Baylor moved its game.

The changes have resulted in the most massive late changes in Big 12 play since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, resulted in all games being postponed later that weekend.