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This program put off its bye week to help with hurricane recovery

There are two things that typically happen after humanitarian disasters: most of the recovery typically goes to metro areas, and the aid starts drying up when media attention wanes. You wouldn't know it from watching the news coverage at the time, but Hurricane Katrina impacted more than just New Orleans and, similarly, Harvey hit more than just Houston.

Harvey hammered its way up the Texas Gulf Coast and moved into Louisiana, and for many the process of rebuilding is just in its infancy stages.

That's why the act of service Texas A&M-Commerce's football team did was so impressive. The Lions, ranked No. 2 in Division II, were in south Texas on Saturday to face Texas A&M-Kingsville. After a 38-7 win on Saturday, and with a bye week ahead, A&M-Commerce delayed its 8-hour drive home to drive over to Port Aransas, one of the top vacation destinations in Texas, to help with the recovery.

That is some flat-out great stuff from head coach Colby Carthel and his program.