South Carolina’s home game against South Carolina State, which was originally scheduled for Saturday at noon ET, was rescheduled for Thursday at 7:00 pm ET due to the potential impact of Hurricane Yan. TV coverage is not reported at this time.
“Due to the potential impact of the hurricane on Columbia and its environs, it is in the interest of safety to play the game on Thursday instead of Saturday afternoon,” said South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner. “I appreciate the cooperation of South Carolina State Head Coach Buddy Pow, the South Carolina State Administration, and Southeastern Conference officials who have worked closely to make appropriate operational adjustments to accommodate this schedule change.”
As of Tuesday morning, Hurricane Yan a category 3 storm that hit the western part of Cuba. On Wednesday, it is expected to intensify and move north across the Gulf of Mexico and hit the west coast of Florida near Tampa or Fort Myers. From there, it is expected to move north through Florida and into southern Georgia and South Carolina by the weekend.
“Based on the current forecast and expected weather conditions, as well as information from our campus, state and local law enforcement, the university is currently confident in our ability to play Thursday’s game at Williams Bryce Stadium,” Tanner said. said. “We will be able to manage traffic, law enforcement, security and other game day operations. The safety of all those affected by the hurricane and minimizing the impact on emergency personnel were the most important factors considered in the decision.”
Fans who purchase tickets for Saturday’s game will be able to use them for Thursday night’s game.