South Carolina football watches weather from Hurricane Ian

The South Carolina Gamecocks enter the field at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.

The South Carolina Gamecocks enter the field at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.

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South Carolina will move its football game against SC State to Thursday night ahead of this weekend’s possible impacts from Hurricane Ian, the school announced Tuesday morning.

The game will kick off at 7 pm at Williams-Brice Stadium.

The storm is projected to make landfall early Thursday morning on the west coast of Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center, with latest forecasts for effects on South Carolina into Friday and Saturday.

The State previously reported earlier on Tuesday morning that the game was expected to be moved.

“Due to the potential impact of the hurricane on Columbia and the surrounding area, it is in the best interest of safety to play the game on Thursday rather than Saturday afternoon,” South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said in a news release. “I appreciate the cooperation of South Carolina State head coach Buddy Pough, the South Carolina State administration and the Southeastern Conference officials who worked closely to make the appropriate operational adjustments in order to accommodate this change in the schedule.

All tickets issued for Saturday’s game will be honored on Thursday, per USC.

The school also announced it is postponing the reunion of the 2010-2013 football teams that was slotted for this weekend to a later date.

South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer told reporters on Sunday night during his weekly teleconference he had yet to have any kind of discussions about possibly shifting the contest due to impending rain.

“I was just looking at the weather thinking from a practice standpoint what we needed to get done and things like that to prepare for weather like I always do on Sundays and saw that it was going to rain,” Beamer said. “Flipped the TV over to the weather channel and watched a little bit of that today (Sunday).”

South Carolina has moved games due to weather in recent years. The 2016 USC-Georgia game was shifted to a Sunday due to Hurricane Matthew. The 2015 South Carolina-LSU contest was also moved from Columbia to Baton Rouge following flooding in the area.

USC heads into the contest at 2-2 after downing Charlotte 56-20 on Saturday. South Carolina has yet to win a Southeastern Conference game this fall, dropping its first two league contests to No. 1 Georgia and No. 20 Arkansas.

FCS foe SC State is 1-2 on the season.

It will be the Gamecocks and Bulldogs’ third meeting all time. The two schools’ campuses are 45 minutes apart.

This story was originally published September 27, 2022 9:03 AM.

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Lou Bezjak is the High School Sports Prep Coordinator for The (Columbia) State and (Hilton Head) Island Packet. He previously worked at the Florence Morning News and had covered high school sports in South Carolina since 2002. Lou is a two-time South Carolina Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.
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