BIG EAST Postpones All League Competition Through Sunday
The Beat
September 12, 2001

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference has voted to postpone all conference competition through Sunday, Sept. 16, in light of yesterday's national tragedy, announced Commissioner Michael Tranghese.

Included in the postponements are six BIG EAST football games on Saturday, Sept. 15.

"Our football athletic directors voted unanimously to postpone Saturday's games," said Tranghese. "In memory of the victims and their families, our football teams will wear American flags on the back of their helmets for the rest of the season."

Tranghese made the announcement after consulting with the league's athletic directors and Executive Committee. He also spoke with Dr. Francis Lawrence, the President of Rutgers University and chair of the BIG EAST Presidents.

"The overwhelming feeling throughout our institutions is that we must move on with our lives and terrorist actions will not stop us from doing that," said Tranghese. "But the suspension of league competition through the weekend allows us an appropriate period of reflection and mourning."

Participation in non-conference competition in each sport will be left to the discretion of each institution.

BIG EAST competition will resume Monday.