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Hurricane Matthew could disrupt UGA-USC game

21 October, 2016, 02:07 | Author: Lula Armstrong

A weakened Hurricane Matthew struck land in SC on Saturday as its driving rains, winds and flooding justified why the University of Georgia, University of SC and the Southeastern Conference worked together to move the schools' football game in Columbia to this afternoon at 2:30 - 19 hours after it was originally scheduled.

Florida postponed its Saturday Southeastern Conference home game against LSU earlier in the day.

And driving into Columbia, South Carolina, was a breeze Saturday evening.

McGarity said "everything was on the table" during the discussions this week, including possibly canceling the game. The Bulldogs (3-2) and Gamecocks (2-3) were originally scheduled to play Saturday afternoon in Columbia, South Carolina.

SC athletic department said a decision about the game was expected Thursday afternoon.

"What we have informed (the University of South Carolina) is we will not be able to give any state support for that game", said Nikki Haley, the SC governor. But Smart said Chubb, sixth in the SEC with 425 yards, has worked well and is ready to go.

Senior lineman Greg Pyke says, "They get the Sandstorm going and it gets pretty loud there, but that pumps the fans up and pumps us up too". "We did not want to be in the position of having anything to do with displacing evacuees".

Haley warned SC residents of the severity of Hurricane Matthew.

"We will be able to staff traffic, security and other game day operations". Whether that's gamesmanship or the truth, the Bulldogs have had to prepare for a more traditional pocket passer who can run, and a running quarterback who does have an arm to make plays in the passing game. "That was off the table from Day 1 for the University of Georgia, and SC felt the same way". "I think that is very important that we make sure that we just do it in phases as we see that change", said Haley. Georgia is 11th in third-down defense at 40.6 percent.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has announced that there will be evacuations in coastal communities in South Carolina beginning Wednesday, October 5th at approximately 3 p.m. That fact could complicate matters later in the season should Tennessee lose multiple games in the final two months of the season. Chubb has rumbled for 425 yards on over 80 carries and three touchdowns.


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