I ran across a random story yesterday about the Nicholls State and Mississippi State game that was set to take place on Sunday between the two schools. The game was never played due to the wintry weather which blanketed the southern part of the country. The Nicholls State Media Relations department wrote up a recap about the game where they called it a cancellation which is normal in this situation. (Click here for press release.) The important part of the release is below.
Field and weather conditions caused coaches and officials to make the decision to cancel the final game of the three-game series.
The Mississippi State Media Relations department on the other hand calls the game a forfeit in favor of the Bulldogs thus giving the Bulldogs another victory. (Click here for press release.) The quote from the release is below.
Mississippi State’s series finale with Nicholls University, scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field/Polk-DeMent Stadium, has been forfeited by the Colonels.
It looks like we have a little controvesy here between the two schools. I had the chance to speak with Nicholls State head coach Chip Durham who said the following about the situation:
We met at 11am, the same time their team was supposed to take the tarp off. There was still snow on areas in the outfield on top of the 5 inches of rain that we got Fri., which made it very saturated. They couldn’t take the tarp off at that time because of the ice and snow still on the tarp. The umpires that we had on Sat.’s doubleheader were from Birmingham and would not come because of iced bridges, so John was going to have to get some local umpires. I was not going to risk injuries for our team with conference starting next weekend just because
John wanted to play. If they played an intrasquad game, that’s great for them. I hope they got better doing it and nobody got hurt, but they weren’t going to do it at the expense of risking injuries to our team.
We did not forfeit, I canceled the game because their field was not in safe playing conditions due to recent bad weather.
Mississippi State’s Media Relations Assistant Joe Dier stated that MSU is appealing to the NCAA for a final decision on a forfeit win.
What do you think should happen in this situation between these two schools? Do you think Mississippi State should get the forfeit win or should the game just be a regular cancellation?
UPDATE (3:15 p.m. ET): The game has been ruled a cancellation.