As was the case with the LSU-Florida game, the Georgia-South Carolina game will be played in its originally scheduled location. Precisely when, though, remains to be seen.
In the latest status update, USC confirmed that the game, scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. ET kickoff Saturday, will be played at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia as previously planned. A final decision on the time, and perhaps even the date, is expected to be made at some point Thursday.
“The University of South Carolina and its athletics department are continuing to monitor the movements of Hurricane Matthew as it relates to the scheduled football game with the University of Georgia,” a portion of the school’s release read. “We are in communication with the National Weather Service, state and local authorities and the SEC regarding potential weather issues.”
The school added that “[t]he 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.”
The governor of the state, Nikki Haley, has already made the university aware that state support, including troopers, will not be made available for the game.
“What we have informed USC is we will not be able to give any state support for that game,” Haley said according to The State. “I can’t take troopers off the road to go put them at a football game.”
Contingency plans involving other local law enforcement resources, including two county sheriff’s departments and the campus police department, are already in place.
“There won’t be any lack of security at the game whenever it’s held,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott stated.
There’s been talk that, because of Matthew, the game could be moved to Sunday or, possibly, Monday. USC is on a bye next weekend, although UGA will play Vanderbilt.