By Karsen Hicks:
After days of speculation regarding the place and time of the Georgia at South Carolina matchup, University of South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp announced on his radio show Thursday night that the game would be remain in Columbia, but kickoff will be scheduled on Sunday.
Shortly after, UGA Athletics released an official statement. The announcement states that the game has been moved to Sunday due to the forecasted inclement weather associated with Hurricane Matthew that is predicated to hit Columbia early Saturday morning. Kickoff time will be at 2:30 on Sunday, October 9 and the game will be broadcasted on the SEC Network.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said, “Due to the potential impact of the hurricane on Columbia and the surrounding area, it is the best interest of safety to play the game on Sunday rather than Saturday night. I appreciate the cooperation of the schools who worked closely to make the appropriate operational adjustments in order to accommodate this change in schedule.”
Muschamp announced the change just hours after news broke that the LSU at Florida game scheduled for Saturday in Gainesville had been postponed “indefinitely.” Throughout the week, authorities have been urging hundreds of thousands of homeowners on the East Coast in the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina to leave their homes and head inland for their safety.
Rumors swirled throughout the week about where and when the game would be relocated to. At first, many seemed to believe the game would be played in Sanford Stadium with South Carolina as the home team. However, after the Gamecocks relocated a home game with LSU just last season to Baton Rouge due to flooding in Columbia, this option seemed unlikely. It also did not seem probable that the Dawgs would be able to play for a second time this season at the Georgia Dome, as Georgia State is scheduled to take on Texas State at 3:30 in the same venue on Saturday.
It is believed that Hurricane Matthew will produce tropical storm conditions in Columbia starting Friday night, but will begin to clear out by Saturday evening. Sunday, according to weather.com, will be a windy, yet sunny day with highs in the upper 70s.