The recent flooding to hit South Carolina has been so damaging and extensive that Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner admitted Tuesday he was uncertain if Saturday’s game against No. 7 LSU would be played as scheduled.
“Our situation regarding football, it’s ongoing. We’re not 100 percent sure at this time that we’ll have a game here at Williams-Brice,” Tanner told reporters. “While that planning is underway, it is not a definite. We’ll continue to monitor the infrastructure that’s necessary to have a football game and consider hopefully within 24 to 36 hours whether or not we will play here.”
The relocation conversations to this point have included multiple cities. The game had originally been set for a noon ET kickoff.
“Certainly a game at LSU is not out of the realm of possibility,” Tanner said.
Update: The preference is for the game to be played in Columbia, according to a report by Scott Rabalais of The Advocate. Moving the game to a neutral site or to Baton Rouge, La., would be the second and third choices, respectively.
Although Williams-Brice Stadium remains dry and its infrastructure stable, according to multiple reports, the school’s concern over thousands of fans traveling to Columbia under potentially dangerous conditions, as well as the “pressures” they would put on the state and its resources, has Tanner and his administration considering a rescheduling or relocation of the game.
“There’s certainly lots of concerns with our families and people who live here in the Midlands,” Tanner said. “And certainly the logistics with the highways, the stadium water situation and other pressures with first responders and highway patrolmen and all the police we use from various counties.”
Earlier on Tuesday, SEC Nation announced its decision to broadcast from Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend instead of Columbia.
South Carolina officials have reached out to #Panthers about possibility of moving USC-LSU game on Sat. to Charlotte, per a source.
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