Alto Weekly Online Edition
Sept. 12, 2001, 5:40 p.m.
Stanford-San Jose State game postponed
All Cardinal athletic events cancelled for
by Keith Peters
Stanford University announced today that all athletic events scheduled
through this Sunday will be cancelled or postponed due to the recent
national events. Athletic Director Ted Leland said that the decision
not to participate in intercollegiate athletic events is the "right
thing to do in light of the tragic events of (Tuesday)."
"Due to the horrific events of yesterday, we have decided not
to participate in intercollegiate athletic events through this weekend,"
said Leland. "Our focus is on the safety of our student-athletes,
coaches, staff and fans. The games are insignificant. It is important
at this time that we turn our attention to the national crisis at
hand and resume our intercollegiate activity next week."
The Stanford-San Jose State football game scheduled for this Saturday
has been postponed until Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. The
game will be the final regular-season game for both teams. Tickets
for the postponed game will be honored at Spartan Stadium on Dec.
"We appreciate the efforts of our friends and colleagues from
San Jose State in accommodating this change," said Leland. "It is
indeed unfortunate that we couldn't play this Saturday. Our game
with San Jose State is one of the highlights of our season and we're
thrilled that we were able to reschedule for December 1."
"It is unfortunate that our country or any country should have
to endure the tragic events of yesterday," said Cardinal head football
coach Tyrone Willingham. "Our condolences go to the families and
volunteers who have lost their lives. I hope that in time they will,
with the assistance of family and friends, eventually find peace
in this senseless loss of life."
"I am fortunate to work at a university that realizes and places
a high value on human life and believes that human life is more
important than a sporting event," he said.
Other home events which have been cancelled include women's volleyball
on Friday (vs. Arizona) and Saturday (vs. Arizona State) and women's
soccer on Sunday (vs. Notre Dame). Cardinal teams scheduled to play
on the road included the water polo team on Friday ( at UC San Diego)
and at the Southern California Tournament on Sept. 15-16 (at USC),
the men's soccer team on Sept. 14-15 (at the SMU/Nike Classic in
Dallas) and the field hockey team Sept. 12 (vs. Central Michigan
in Muncie, Ind.) and Sept. 13 (at Miami, Ohio).