UPDATED: (as of 8 p.m. Thursday) The USC – Georgia game is now expected to be held on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium. The game will also air on the SEC network.
ORIGINAL POST: If there’s one sure-fire way to irritate a large number of South Carolinians in October, find a way to interrupt college football (and tailgating) season. Congratulations, Hurricane Matthew, it looks like you’re making the list.
While no decision has been made on the biggest game scheduled to be played in the state this weekend, namely the contest between USC and Georgia (Calm down, Clemson fans; you’re on the road this week.), Gov. Nikki Haley said during her press conference Tuesday, “I can’t imagine that happening.”
As of Wednesday, USC officials said they were still planning on meeting with both local government and SEC officials before a determination could be made. ”The safety of all people and the minimization of impact on emergency personnel are the most important factors in this decision. Our goal is to keep this football game at Williams-Brice Stadium,” the school said in a statement.
The game is currently scheduled to be played at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Meanwhile, here’s the status of most of the games involving Palmetto State based teams this weekend.
Currently still scheduled to play (as of Wednesday morning):
Most of the games still on the calendar involving Palmetto State schools are road games. This includes not only Clemson @ Boston College, which is a Friday night game also airing on ESPN, but also Presbyterian @ Gardner-Webb, set for 6 p.m. Saturday and Newberry @ Mars Hill, scheduled for 1:30 Saturday.
The Citadel vs. North Greenville game was originally scheduled to be a Citadel home game Saturday, but has since been moved to North Greenville and moved up to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Furman vs. Samford is still scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday in Greenville.
The SC State vs. Bethune-Cookman game has been cancelled, as has the Charleston Southern vs. Albany State game. In the latter game, the schools initially announced they were moving the game up to Thursday night at 7 p.m., but have since postponed the game entirely.
Central Carolina already had an open date on the calendar for this week.