Houston and the University of Texas at San Antonio's canceled season opener will not be made up, the schools announced on Wednesday.
The two programs were set to play on Sept. 2 in San Antonio, but the game was postponed as a result of Hurricane Harvey, which brought record rainfall and catastrophic flooding to the Houston area. The schools initially intended to find a new date for the game this season, but those efforts have apparently ended.
"It's a very unforgiving world and you can't really afford to be tone-deaf," Houston coach Major Applewhite said. "I felt like if we're going to play this game, we're not doing what's right. We tell these kids all the time that we're a family. You don't do what's right and the kids say, 'Coach, what about your family or my family?'"
"There are some lessons to be taught here about life, our families and taking care of them. If we're going to have brotherhood on our walls in the team meeting room then there needs to be a brotherhood within our program, within our city and our staff. We'll get to football," Applewhite said.
The schools will work to reschedule the game for a date in a future year. It's the first of a four-game contract between the two schools, which includes 2022 and 2024 games in Houston and a 2023 game in San Antonio.
The Cougars open the season on Saturday at Arizona (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU), while UTSA will travel to Baylor.