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Frustrating situation for Schreck, Ford

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Brad Bournival

The Gazette

University at Buffalo tight end Mason Schreck looked out his window and wondered if the Bulls were ever going to play KentState in Mid-American Conference football action.

As it turns out, they won’t. MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher announced in a press release that the game, which was supposed to be played on Wednesday, got axed.

“Despite the best efforts of all involved, it will not be feasible to play the football game between KentState and Buffalo on Friday,” Steinbrecher said. “The game has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The safety of the student-athletes and fans is paramount. We want to be respectful of the efforts of the emergency service personnel in the Buffalo area who are working to assist those in need.”

Living just minutes from UB Stadium, Schreck, a 2012 Medina graduate is quite used to snow, but what Buffalo is getting is much different.

“Right by the stadium it’s 5 to 6 inches,” Schreck said. “It’s not bad right where we’re at, but 3 to 5 miles south of us is where there is 5 to 6 feet of snow.

“We have two campuses. I’m on the North campus. There’s a fullback on the team that lives close to downtown south of here and he just got back. He’s been traveling for two days. He’s been trying to find a ride. It’s crazy how Buffalo is.”

Through the kindness of a snowplow driver, that fullback finally reached campus. For 2013 Medina graduate and Buffalo nose guard Chris Ford, the story is much different.

The redshirt freshman had a death in the family and came back home to Medina. He’s still there and doesn’t plan to head back to school until tonight or Saturday night.

It’s not that Ford, who starts at guard for the field goal unit, doesn’t want to get back.

He can’t.

A travel ban is in effect, so getting back by bus is not happening. He bought a train ticket, but found out that trip was canceled.

“It’s bothering me,” Ford said. “I’m on Twitter checking everything out. I’m looking at the pictures that teammates were putting out there. I’m just wanting to get back.”

The league contest between the Bulls (4-6, 2-4) and Kent (1-9, 0-6) was originally postponed in large part because the Golden Flashes’ equipment bus got stuck outside the city.

Buffalo reached out to other schools to try to help KentState, but the game, originally set to air on ESPNU, was ultimately pushed back. Rumor had the game being played Thursday and then tentatively  Friday before it became a victim of Mother Nature.

“Up until this year, the Florida-Idaho game that got canceled because of lightning was the only one I heard of like that,” Schreck said. “Other than that, I’ve never heard of a game getting canceled because of snow and cold. It’s weird for all of us.”

It’s caused a ripple effect, as KentState’s game with Akron already has been pushed from Tuesday to Friday. Things get interesting for the Bulls because wins over the Golden Flashes and UMass next week would have made them bowl eligible.

Now, things are up in the air as the Bulls were in line to reach a postseason game for the second season in a row.

“Nobody has dealt with something like this,” Shreck said. “It’s a shock, but we take it and adjust. You have to adapt in order to be successful in college football.

“I’m a big believer in everything happens for a reason, but this is one of those things that is out of our control. We have one week left with a game we need to win. We need to do it for our team and for our seniors. We’ve dealt with a lot of adversity. You can add this to the list. We’re just going to go out and work hard and try to get a win against UMass.”

Contact Brad Bournival at sports@medina-gazette.com.



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