South Carolina could play LSU in Baton Rouge after stadium floods

Tuesday October 6th, 2015

Saturday’s LSU-South Carolina game could be hosted by the Tigers after severe flooding at Williams-Brice Stadium.

South Carolina was originally scheduled to host the game, but athletic director Ray Tanner told media that he was “not 100 percent sure” they would be able to proceed as planned. He said the situation was ongoing, but that the game could potentially move to Baton Rouge. Officials from the schools have been in discussions regarding the situation.

Record floods in Columbia, S.C. caused by Hurricane Joaquin have had serious effects on the Gamecocks’ home venue, and coaches were asked by police to head home on Sunday during a film session due to conditions. The city itself has issued a boil water advisory, and Richland County, where the university is located, has issued a curfew.

South Carolina has cancelled all classes and campus activities this week, Monday through Friday.

“Our intentions are to stay on schedule and play here in Columbia,” Tanner said, “but it's not a definite.” He added a decision is expected in 24–36 hours.

Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports South Carolina officials have contacted the Carolina Panthers about playing the game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The Advocate reports that the school’s first priority is to keep the game in Columbia, with the second option being a neutral site.

South Carolina (2–3) and LSU (4–0) were originally scheduled to meet at noon ET Saturday.

- Jeremy Woo

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