South Carolina officials discussing moving LSU game from Columbia because of flooding

Discussions continue on contingency plans for LSU-South Carolina

South Carolina athletic Director Ray Tanner said Tuesday he's not 100 percent certain Saturday's game against LSU can be played at Williams-Brice Stadium, according to The State.

Conditions at the Gamecocks' football stadium were fine, but the city's infrastructure is still a massive concern. Large portions of Columbia, S.C., remained under several feet of water Tuesday. Sewage and water services were still a major issue as well, with multiple state highways and interstates entering the city still closed.

Tanner said discussions are ongoing about contingency plans for the game. A final decision is expected to come by Wednesday.

USC coach Steve Spurrier said at a press conference Tuesday that all of his players are accounted for, and the team will resume practicing Tuesday. He said they're preparing to play the game as scheduled.

LSU officials said the same thing Monday.

A relocation is possible though. Tanner even said playing the game in Baton Rouge has been discussed.

According to The Advocate though, playing the game in Tiger Stadium ranks third on the priority list. If the game can't be played at South Carolina, moving it to a neutral site would be the next best scenario.

The most logical destinations would likely be Charlotte or Atlanta. NASCAR is holding a race in Charlotte, though, so finding hotel rooms for both teams would be difficult. Georgia State is scheduled to play in the Georgia Dome at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Another possible scenario: Gordy Rush said Tuesday on Baton Rouge radio that South Carolina has requested LSU fly into Columbia on Saturday, play the game, and immediately fly back. In that case, the game would be pushed back from its scheduled kickoff of 11 a.m. CT.

This is an ongoing situation though, with all contigency plans being discussed. What's very possible though is LSU-South Carolina being played away from Columbia.


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