3 things every South Carolina fan needs to know today
At long last, the storm has passed.
Good morning, Gamecocks fans. The streets of Columbia, S.C., were graced by sunshine for the first time in days on Tuesday, and the floodwaters that caused so much damage across the state have finally begun to recede. Although volunteers continue to commit time and energy toward those requiring rescue and relief efforts, perhaps South Carolina residents can breathe easier as they try to regain a sense of normalcy following this devastating natural disaster.
As for the Gamecocks football team, well, they’ve persevered through this time, as well. Here’s what you should know about them today:
- The biggest news by far for South Carolina concerns the status of Saturday’s game against No. 7 LSU. Athletic director Ray Tanner told reporters that the school is “not 100 percent sure” the game will take place at Williams-Brice Stadium as scheduled — it could either be postponed or moved to another site. Tanner added that the school expects to have made a decision by Wednesday.
- One change is certain: SEC Nation will no longer broadcast from Columbia on Saturday. With the sobering weather conditions altering the atmosphere of this game entirely, the SEC Network announced that its program will now set up shop in a different SEC city. That might be for the best given the circumstances.
- The challenges have been many for South Carolina this season, but perhaps no on-field obstacle will be greater than LSU tailback Leonard Fournette. Through four games, the Heisman Trophy favorite has compiled 864 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Coach Steve Spurrier gave his thoughts on whether Fournette compares to a couple of legendary college running backs in Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson.
Other South Carolina news from around the Internet
- The Gamecocks have reached out to the Carolina Panthers about moving Saturday’s game to Charlotte Stadium, according to the Charlotte Observer. However, the report adds that a nearby NASCAR Sprint Cup race would create one major complication on Saturday: A lack of hotel space in the city.
- Defensive coordinator Jon Hoke fielded questions about LSU’s “old-school” offense and, of course, Fournette. The Tigers have the No. 4 rushing offense in the nation, but their 124th-ranked air attack should present an interesting matchup opportunity for South Carolina’s defense.
- David Cloninger of The State examined the leadership on this year’s South Carolina squad and argues that its current problems may be more multi-faceted than some fans like.