North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper spoke with Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam to try to resolve the East Carolina University and Virginia Tech University football dispute this week.
The dispute led to cancelation of the Sept. 15 matchup that was supposedly to occur between the two teams.
Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina back on Sept. 14 and caused ECU officials to postpone its game with the Hokies. Instead, the team travel to Florida to prepare for its following matchup against the University of South Florida. Virginia Tech in response to the decision made by ECU officials, decided to cancel its future matchups with the Pirates in 2019, 2023 and 2025 that would take place in Greenville.
“As North Carolina prepared for Hurricane Florence, I urged residents across our state to stay off the roads and prepare for this devastating storm,” Cooper said in his release. “Canceling a major college football game means lost revenue, but the safety of players and fans should come first. ECU made the responsible decision and this dispute should be resolved without making Pirate Nation bear additional costs from Hurricane Florence.”
ECU filled its 2019 schedule with the College of William and Mary taking the place of Virginia Tech on the schedule. Athletic director Jon Gilbert is working with Hokie officials and the athletic department to keep the rivalry alive despite recent events between the two teams.
Gilbert plans to make a statement in response to Cooper in the upcoming days.