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USC Still Trying to Play in Columbia

ATHENS - South Carolina is doing all it can to keep its home game with Georgia a true home game.

According to reporting from The State’s Josh Kendall, USC AD Ray Tanner “(has) not had any discussions with Georgia Dome officials about playing the game there.” The Georgia Dome's official twitter account backed up that reporting by saying that a report on the fan site Dawg Nation indicating that the game might be played at the Dome "was not true."

https://twitter.com/GeorgiaDome/status/783664329719676928

Sanford Stadium is available, but that’s a likely last-case scenario considering South Carolina’s forced move of their game with LSU last season, and the fact that UGA is a division foe - and a hated one at that. 

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The possibility of moving the game to Clemson exists, but that would mean diverting state resources away from highways and interstates that are moving in excess of one million residents away from Hurricane Matthew. The fact that Clemson is not a member institution of the SEC, and Carolina’s bitter rival also muddies the water of the game being played in Death Valley. Clemson plays at Boston College on Friday night and hosts NC State next weekend. 

The game seemed set on remaining at 7:30 on Saturday night around noon on Tuesday. But at a 3 PM press conference, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said of the game: “I can't imagine that happening. As it looks right now, we are looking at Friday into Saturday being pretty brutal.” 

That comment, and the Governor’s action to put a plan in place to evacuate nearly a million people from coastal South Carolina, seemed to box in the administration at USC, which earlier in the day indicated in a press release that the game would move forward as planned. 

Haley is expected to execute coastal evacuation in the Palmetto State at 3 PM Wednesday.

What's becoming an increasingly-possible scenario is that the game could be played on Sunday after Hurricane Matthew has moved through the Carolinas. 


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