Gamecocks moving football game vs SC State to Thursday 7:00 pm on the SEC Network because of hurricane
Sept. 27, 2022

South Carolina will move its football game against S.C. 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 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium with television coverage on the SEC TV Network. The storm is projected to make landfall early Thursday morning on the west coast of Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center, with the latest forecasts for effects on South Carolina into Friday and Saturday.

“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 were slotted for this weekend to a later date. South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer told reporters on Sunday night during the weekly teleconference he had yet to have any kind of discussions about possibly shifting the contest due to impending rain.

The reunion of the 2010-13 football teams has been postponed, according to the release, and hours of operation for university parking lots will operate as normal. South Carolina is no stranger to having games impacted by weather, having at least three games either moved or canceled due to weather since 2015.

The Gamecocks played at LSU in 2015 after a hurricane, then had the Georgia game in 2016 moved to Sunday for the weather as well. The Marshall game in 2018 was canceled due to weather and South Carolina ultimately played Akron at the end of the season. This is the first time since the Gamecocks have seen their game affected by the weather.