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Gov. Cooper hopes resolution found in ECU-Va. Tech series

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You've heard of a political football? This is another version of that.

Gov. Roy Cooper has called Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to see if they can work together to resolve the situation where Virginia Tech canceled the remaining games in its football series with East Carolina.

In a press release Thursday, Cooper said would like to see a resolution reached. The huff began when ECU was forced to cancel the road game with the Hokies due to Hurricane Florence. The game was scheduled for Sept. 14, 2018. Hurricane Florence hit Eastern North Carolina on Sept. 13-14.

Not long after ECU canceled the game, Virginia Tech canceled scheduled games in Greenville in 2019, 2023 and 2025.

“As North Carolina prepared for Hurricane Florence, I urged residents across our state to stay off the roads and prepare for this devastating storm," Cooper said. "Canceling a major college football game means lost revenue, but the safety of players and fans should come first.

"ECU made the responsible decision and this dispute should be resolved without making Pirate Nation bear additional costs from Hurricane Florence."

The dispute stems from ECU’s decision to cancel a scheduled football game in Blacksburg as Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina in 2018. Virginia Tech in turn cancelled previously scheduled games set to take place in Greenville in 2019, 2023 and 2025.

Hurricane Florence lingered over the state for days, dumping trillions of gallons of rain, and causing 43 deaths, widespread flooding, road closures and an estimated $17 billion in damage.

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