Luke DeCock says decision was a crock:Duke-North Carolina game should have been postponed hours earlier

Posted by Andy Durham on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

from Luke DeCock with the Charlotte Observer:

Right about the time the sleet started coming down in Durham – and coming down hard – common sense prevailed.

Wednesday’s Duke-North Carolina game finally was postponed at 5:41 p.m., less than four hours before tipoff, when the Blue Devils’ bus couldn’t make it to campus, let alone Chapel Hill.

If that’s what it took to pull the plug, fine. It was insane the game was a viable concern for that long. It should have been postponed hours earlier.

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Andrew Carter from the Charlotte Observer was pretty much saying the same thing as Luke, and so were Ed Hardin(News and Record) and Brian Formica(WFMY TV 2)…

Andrew Carter weighs in:
CHAPEL HILL North Carolina’s game against Duke was postponed Wednesday and moved to Feb. 20 at the Smith Center. The postponement announcement came a little before 6 p.m. after about six inches of snow had fallen in Orange County and probably after some people were already en route to the game – treacherous driving conditions and all.

In the end, officials made the right decision but for the wrong reason. The game was postponed, not because common sense dictated it should be. It was postponed because, according to UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham, Duke’s bus wasn’t going to arrive at Duke in time to take the Blue Devils to Chapel Hill.

Even if Duke’s bus had been on time, it’s debatable – and highly questionable – it would have been able to navigate down eight miles of snow-covered, abandoned-vehicle-blocked U.S. 15-501. Duke was planning on leaving at 6 p.m., despite widespread reports of treacherous driving conditions and gridlocked roads.

If the bus had been on time, maybe Duke would have made it without incident. That’s beside the point, though. By mid-afternoon, it was obvious area roads would remain in poor condition for the rest of the day.

It was equally obvious that people – be it a college basketball team, a group of referees, media members, fans – were going to have a difficult time making it to the Smith Center.

Yet the game was a go. Why?

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