COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina is keeping an eye on the weather forecast as its weekend clash with Georgia approaches on Saturday.
“We are in communication with the National Weather Service, local authorities and the SEC regarding potential weather issues,” the school said in a statement. “The safety of everyone that could be impacted by this storm is paramount. Once forecasts call for action, we will use all means necessary to inform the public.
“Kickoff for the USC football game vs. Georgia is slated for 7:30 pm Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.”
The SEC said in a statement it regularly keeps an eye on significant weather issues and will be in contact with schools that could be impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
“Our administration is handling all of that through the SEC office,” coach Will Muschamp said Tuesday. “All of my energy is game planning for the game. Whatever happens, happens. I’m not the least bit worried about it.”
Safety D.J. Smith said the topic of weather had not been talked about much, but he did hear the potential that the hurricane could influence the game.
“I feel like that would be unfortunate,” he said. “I want to play this weekend.”
Last season, South Carolina’s game against LSU was moved to Baton Rouge because of flooding in Columbia in October.
Smith said if the game was moved to Georgia this weekend because of weather, it would not be a huge deal.
“If it moved, I’m from Georgia,” Smith said. “I don’t think it would matter. My crowd will be there regardless. It’s not that far of a drive. It’s the same fan base from South Carolina is going to go there for the rivalry game. I don’t think it would matter that much.”