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Virginia Tech apologizes for ‘insensitive’ tweet after ECU cancels trip to Blacksburg

Citing safety concerns due to Hurricane Florence, a category 4 storm that’s expected to hit North Carolina on Thursday, East Carolina decided on Tuesday that its football team won’t travel to Virginia Tech for Saturday’s game against the Hokies.

Virginia Tech officials, though, would have rather the Pirates waited to make their decision.

According to a Virginia Tech press release announcing the cancellation of the game, “Tech officials had planned on waiting until Wednesday before making a determination on the status of Saturday’s game in hopes that the contest could still be safely played as scheduled once more definitive information on the storm’s projected track and anticipated impact on Southwest Virginia became available.”

In a story posted on Richmond.com Tuesday, Virginia Tech athletics director Whit Babcock was quoted as saying, “We will do what’s best for Virginia Tech moving forward as it relates to ECU and to the game. We certainly understand the need for safety, of course, we just felt that tomorrow, making the decision then, would’ve been more responsible and accurate. We informed ECU of this multiple times.”

At 6 p.m., Virginia Tech’s official football Twitter account posted a tweet reminding followers that the Hokies’ football team traveled to North Carolina during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and won 34-3. “HOKIES ARE WATERPROOF,” the tweet, which was later deleted, said.

Pete Moris, Virginia Tech associate athletic director, later apologized on Twitter for the “waterproof” tweet, explaining it had been previously scheduled and was “100% my fault entirely for not deleting it before it went live.”

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