Clarification: On Tuesday, safety Isaiah Johnson told reporters that Monday’s session was only a walkthrough, and not a full practice as The Post and Courier had previously reported.
Facing No. 7 LSU and Heisman Trophy front-runner Leonard Fournette on Saturday would have been a tall enough task for South Carolina (2-3, 0-3 SEC) without the rain. But having to prepare for the heavyweight Tigers in the midst of awful state-wide flooding takes the unforgiving nature of its 2015 season to another level.
The Gamecocks still held practice on Monday afternoon, as chronicled by The Post and Courier’s David Caraviello, and Williams-Brice Stadium remained dry despite the high water levels. But the same simply cannot be said for other parts of Columbia and the surrounding areas, which continued to sustain widespread water damage as the week began. The school already cancelled Tuesday class, while student volunteer groups have worked to distribute water. Redshirt sophomore defensive end Devin Washington tweeted that he would be among those assisting the relief efforts on Tuesday morning.
LSU coach Les Miles, whose team had its season opener with McNeese State cancelled due to inclement weather, offered words of support from afar.
“We certainly understand the whims of weather, and I’m certain that they’ll do great. Our thoughts and prayers are with them,” Miles told reporters on Monday.
SECCountry.com reiterates its hopes that all of the affected parties remain safe during this difficult time.
Johnson: Doesn't believe anybody on the team has been heavily affected by the flooding. No practice yesterday, just a walk-through.
— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) October 6, 2015
Headed over to @newspring in the morning to help deliver water! If you are able to assist please do!!
— Devin Washington (@DSC_0) October 5, 2015
— Derek Phillips (@DerekPhillips89) October 5, 2015
Saw Williams-Brice Stadium from the air today. Willy B is doing just fine. pic.twitter.com/2zGRiAf3wP
— GoGamecocks.com (@gogamecocks) October 5, 2015