Two days after Central Florida athletics director Danny White and the rest of the UCF administration cancelled the school’s Week 3 football game against Georgia Tech, several Yellow Jackets expressed their disappointment at losing an opportunity to play.
“It (stinks) we can’t play this week, but it is what it is, and just got to be ready for next week,” running back Clinton Lynch told Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Georgia Tech will miss out on what figured to be a winnable game in its quest to win 6 games and thus become bowl-eligible. Plus, as quarterback TaQuon Marshall pointed out, several Yellow Jacket players are from the Orlando area.
“We were looking forward to playing,” Marshall said. “I know a lot of the guys from Florida were looking forward to going down and playing in their hometown.”
Central Florida allowed its football players to leave campus to be with their families during Hurricane Irma. One of the reasons the game was cancelled was because several UCF players were struggling to get back to campus.
The one positive for Georgia Tech is that the team gets a week of rest after playing its last two games in a six-day span. The Yellow Jackets lost their season-opener to Tennessee on Labor Day and then beat Jacksonville State on Saturday.
“It’s disappointing, but we’re happy we can get a break also and rest our bodies and move on to next week,” Marshall said.