Potential storms may alter Texas, Oklahoma spring game plans

Severe storms forecast for Saturday have forced several schools in Texas and Oklahoma to cancel or change start times for their spring games, with the potential for Texas to cancel its game.

Oklahoma said Friday it would delay its start from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to try to avoid rain and lightning predicted for early afternoon. A statue unveiling for legendary softball coach Patty Gasso that was scheduled that morning has also been indefinitely postponed. OU officials have said they are monitoring for any additional potential changes.

A Texas spokesman said the Longhorns, scheduled to play at noon, could cancel their game if the forecast looks dire. The National Weather Service says heavy rains are possible in the Austin region, with minor flooding concerns Saturday morning into the afternoon. Texas said there are no plans to adjust the kickoff time.

Texas A&M, in its first spring under new coach Mike Elko, moved its Maroon and White game from 1 p.m. to noon, with hopes to play before any inclement weather strikes.

On Thursday, Texas Tech announced it was going to cancel its game "due to the strong forecasted possibility of severe thunderstorms in the Permian Basin" with storms and lightning predicted at game time. On Friday, Baylor, said its Green and Gold game at McLane Stadium has been canceled.