Flying conditions, aircraft issues force BC to cancel Texas A&M game

Nik Popovic, left, and the Boston College men’s basketball team will not play at Texas A&M Saturday.
Nik Popovic, left, and the Boston College men’s basketball team will not play at Texas A&M Saturday.(Michael Dwyer/AP)

Because of unsafe flying conditions over eastern Texas and surrounding areas, as well as mechanical and logistical issues with its charter aircraft, the Boston College men’s basketball team’s game Saturday with Texas A&M has been canceled, both schools announced Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles were scheduled to depart Friday at 2 p.m. from Hanscom Field in Bedford for their flight to College Station, Texas, but their Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft was grounded because of a mechanical issue that could not be quickly repaired. An Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft was then scheduled to arrive at Hanscom at 3:30 p.m. to transport the team, but it arrived four hours late.


During that time, weather conditions over eastern Texas and surrounding areas deteriorated to the point where the pilot of the ERJ-145 and the charter airline deemed it unsafe to fly. The change in aircraft also would have required a stop in Atlanta for refueling, putting the total time of the trip at more than six hours.

BC had asked Texas A&M to move the game back to 10 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, but Texas A&M declined.

BC said in a statement Saturday that school officials were in contact with officials from Texas A&M Friday night and into early Saturday morning to rectify the situation, which also included the possibility of moving the game to Sunday morning.

“The safety and well-being of our student-athletes is paramount. Under no circumstances will we put our student-athletes in harm’s way,” BC athletic director Martin Jarmond said in the statement.

In a brief statement released by Texas A&M, Aggies coach Bill Kennedy said, “We are perplexed by this decision and disappointed for our student-athletes and fans.”

BC said in its statement that conversations between the schools indicated that Reed Arena, A&M’s home court, was available on Sunday.

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