COLUMBIA, S.C. – One detail now is set in stone for South Carolina’s game against Georgia.
“The USC vs. UGA game will be played in Columbia,” a university statement said Wednesday night.
Beyond that, the decision remains uncertain with Hurricane Matthew making its way toward the coastline, but it should not undecided much longer.
“We anticipate a decision about the game to be made on Thursday,” the statement said. “The safety of everyone affected by the storm and the minimization of the impact on emergency personnel are the most important factors in making the decision.”
On Wednesday, Governor Nikki Haley said the state cannot provide any support for the game Saturday, as it cannot pull troopers off the road.
“From our standpoint, we are just focused on the storm,” Haley said. “We are not necessarily focused on the game. They did call and ask and we did say not to expect any state support in helping for that game.”
The university continues to monitor the movements of the hurricane and is in communication with state and local authorities, as well as the SEC and the National Weather Service.
Kickoff remains scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium, while playing Sunday or Monday are possibilities should the game need rescheduling.
Earlier Wednesday, coach Will Muschamp said the Gamecocks will be ready to go whatever the decision is.
South Carolina canceled classes and closed campus Wednesday, then expanded the decision through Thursday and Friday.