The Labor Day Classic football game featuring Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M has been postponed until Thanksgiving weekend, according to an announcement made on Twitter by the Texas Southern athletic department.
The announcement to move the contest comes in the wake of the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey to the southeastern region of Texas and parts of southern Louisiana.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Prairie View A&M Athletics Director Ashley Robinson in a statement. “This has been a devastating event for Houston and southeast Texas, which has touched all of us in various ways. Our concern at this time is for the safety and well-being of our student-athletes and University community, the greater Houston area and the State of Texas.”
The LDC’s postponement moves Prairie View’s season opener to Thursday, Sept. 7 when the Panthers host Sam Houston State in a game to be televised nationally on ESPNU.
Texas Southern kicked-off its season last Saturday with a 29-7 loss to Florida A&M in the Jake Gaither Classic and is also scheduled to play on Sept. 7 against Houston Baptist.
In 2005, both schools agreed to move the Labor Day Classic to Thanksgiving weekend due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.