COLUMBIA, S.C. – Will Muschamp has a plan for playing Georgia on Saturday. He also has one for playing the Bulldogs on Sunday.
“We will make adjustments immediately whenever we are told something,” the South Carolina coach said on his weekly radio show.
Muschamp and the Gamecocks still don’t know when his team will play the game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, but it remains set for now. The effect that Hurricane Matthew will have is uncertain.
Earlier Thursday night, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley emphasized just how serious the storm is as residents along the coast have been evacuated.
“This is a scary storm,” she said. “This is a storm that should be taken seriously. … It is getting worse.”
Haley previously said that the state will not be able to provide support for a Saturday game, as its troopers will be on the road and assisting where needed. That’s just one of the many moving parts Muschamp mentioned in discussing the game.
“We need to be sensitive to that and understand that it’s a little bit bigger than two teams showing up and playing a game,” Muschamp said. “There’s a serious storm hitting our coast and hitting our country. It’s a tough deal for everybody right now.”
Muschamp said he has focused his team on what it can control with plenty of uncertainty.
“It’s only a distraction if you let it be,” he said. “That’s what we have told our football team and our message has been. Right now, our thoughts and prayers are obviously with the people in the state of Florida, where the storm is hitting as it heads up to the South Carolina coast. …
“Obviously, everybody wants the game to be played. The game is going to played when it will be played. We are not totally certain right now. That’s what we are kinda working through. There’s a lot of logistics that go into this as far as Georgia is traveling. They need to be safe in their travels. Obviously, we need to be sensitive about what is going on in our state right now and how catastrophic this storm will be, no one knows. It’s something that we all need to understand. That’s the most important thing is the safety of the people on our coast.”