Heart of Texas Bowl canceled due to winter weather
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 5, 2013
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Due to inclement winter weather that is forecast to move through North Texas and the Southwestern Arkansas region, the 2013 C.H.A.M.P.S Heart of Texas Bowl between Tarleton State and Ouachita Baptist has been canceled.
The weather forecast has a strong arctic front that has already entered a majority of North Texas and is heading toward the direction of OBU’s campus in Arkadelphia, Ark. The front is expected to bring freezing rain and the possibility of ice accumulations of up to two inches as daytime highs will only reach the upper 20s to low 30s.
In a statement released from the OBU Athletics Department, Athletic Director David Sharp feels the decision is in the best interest of players, families and fans.
“With the severe winter weather forecasted in Arkansas and Texas over the next two days, we feel that the safety of the Ouachita community is our number one priority,” said Sharp. “We are disappointed that our players will not get the chance to play against a quality opponent like Tarleton State and we are certainly pleased for the invitation from the Heart of Texas Bowl committee. However, we have to think in the best interest of our student-athletes.”
Tarleton State’s athletic director echoed the same concerns for the student-athletes, stating “We are disappointed in having to cancel the bowl game on Saturday, but we support the decision OBU made,” said Lonn Reisman. “We hold the safety of our student-athletes, coaches and training staff in high regard. It is disappointing for these players who just had a tremendous season, winning the Lone Star Conference co-championship, but we understand that is out of our control and we look forward to another great season from this team in 2014.”
Beginning next Monday, Dec. 9, fans that purchased tickets with cash must bring their tickets to the ticket office located inside Wisdom Gym for a full refund. Ticket holders that paid for their tickets with a credit card will automatically receive a refund. The ticket office will be open all of next week, Monday through Friday, Dec. 9-13, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Refunds for the bowl game will only be given out next week.
The Texans finished the 2013 season with a 7-3 overall record and a 5-1 record in league play, earning a share of the conference title for the first time since 2009 and just the third time in school history.
Tarleton State University
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