Wednesday, Aug. 30 6:06pm ET
Georgia Tech will not play in rescheduled BCA Bowl

PRINCETON, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Georgia Tech will not participate in the rescheduled BCA Classic and an alternate opponent is being sought.

Severe thunderstorms and lightning forced Sunday's game between Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia to be postponed. The game is sponsored by the Black Coaches Association, which helps promote the careers of minority coaches.

Virginia Tech, the BCA, and ESPN, which was to televise the game, proposed Monday that the game be played on December 1. Georgia Tech would not agree to the date, a move that angered BCA officials.

"The Black Coaches Association is very disappointed by Georgia Tech's decision," said incoming BCA president Bob Minnix. "We expect to raise approximately $300,000 from the BCA Bowl to help promote our mission of assisting minority coaches and athletic administrators. We expected all parties to act in good faith to reschedule this game on December 1."

Georgia Tech said it was not contractually obligated to play the game and offered to return to Blacksburg for a game next season.

Georgia Tech originally agreed to play in the game because it had an inexperienced quarterback in George Godsey and wanted to give him some experience. But Godsey will have appeared in 11 games by December, and the Yellow Jackets have a key game with Georgia on November 25.

"We did not play the game for money," Georgia Tech athletic director Dave Braine said. "We ended up losing money, but we're doing what we think is best for the kids."