The Detroit Pistons’ game against the Atlanta Hawks set for Wednesday night was postponed, with the Pistons unable to make their scheduled flight into Atlanta from Detroit on Tuesday night. No date was immediately announced for the rescheduled game.
Georgia and Georgia Tech stuck with plans for home games against Vanderbilt and North Carolina, respectively, but planned TV coverage for each game was scrapped due to travel concerns for production trucks and crews.
Alabama’s game at Auburn planned for Wednesday night was moved to tonight. Other Southeastern Conference games were to be played as scheduled.
The winter storm trapped thousands of motorists on Atlanta’s frozen interstates, including Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, Tennessee football coach Butch Jones, Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman and Georgia Tech sports information director Dean Buchan.
Freeman tweeted he was stuck for 11 hours before being rescued in Roswell by former teammate Chipper Jones on his 4-wheeler.
“A moment I’ll never forget!” Freeman said on his Twitter account. Jones tweeted that Freeman “hugged me the whole way home!”
Butch Jones also tweeted a photo showing he was stuck in Atlanta traffic. The Michigan native, included the hashtags “SnowintheSouth” and “MichiganderProblems.”
Herman was stuck on Interstate 285 for 19 hours before finally abandoning his rental car Wednesday morning. Herman said on his Twitter account he began walking with his luggage, fell at least five times, and then caught a ride to the airport.
He tweeted that before walking he was stranded “with hundreds of my closest friends. Too much ice and accidents to move.” After getting to the airport, he tweeted, “Now boarding the plane. Please pray for those still on the roads. Probably 24 hrs til cleared.”
It’s unclear what happened to the rental car.
Another football coach, Syracuse’s Scott Shafer, also was in Atlanta and mocked the city’s weather problems on his Twitter account. Shafter tweeted “2 inches of snow, city and airport shutdown ATL.” He added the hashtag “softnosed.”
Buchan said Wednesday morning he was stuck in his car on Interstate 285 through Tuesday night. He said he was in his car for 19½ hours before finally making it home Wednesday morning.
Georgia coach Mark Fox used his Twitter account to encourage students to brave the winter weather and attend Wednesday night’s men’s basketball game against Vanderbilt.
Fox told the students they were needed because Atlanta “is a straight up mess” and fans wouldn’t be able to make the drive to Athens due to the winter storm.
Georgia announced students would have no admission charge for the game.
The winter storm affected other schedules, including high school games, in many parts of the South:
* In Alabama: The UAB-Charlotte women’s game scheduled for Wednesday was postponed.
* In Georgia: The Georgia State men’s basketball game against South Alabama scheduled for Thursday night was rescheduled for Monday after the South Alabama team was unable to travel to Atlanta. Reinhardt postponed its planned doubleheader for men’s and women’s games with St. Andrews.
Also, Kennesaw State men’s basketball games originally scheduled for today and Saturday have been pushed back one day to Friday and Sunday at USC Upstate and at East Tennessee State, respectively. Mercer is playing at East Tennessee State on Friday instead of Thursday. USC Upstate’s game at East Tennessee State planned for Monday has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
* In Tennessee: Division II North Greenville University’s game was postponed at King University.
* In North Carolina: The Tusculum men’s and women’s doubleheader at Mars Hill was postponed and rescheduled for tonight.