ATHENS — Georgia and South Carolina will still play this weekend, it will just be on Sunday.
At least that’s what South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp announced near the end of his radio show on Thursday night.
He didn’t say a time, but someone familiar with the situation said 2:30 pm. was the most likely.
“I just hung up with coach (Ray) Tanner,” Muschamp said, referrig to his athletics director. “We’re going to play on Sunday afternoon, the game time has not been decided, we’re working with the University of Georgia and the Southeastern Conference (and) the SEC Network for a kick time. Definitely Sunday, sometime in the afternoon.”
The apparent change comes because of Hurricane Matthew is now a Category 4 storm, barreling down the southern East Coast. President Obama has declared a state of emergency for the state of South Carolina, and the state’s governor Nikki Haley pleaded at a press conference Thursday afternoon for people to “please take this storm seriously.”
But even with another key SEC game – LSU at Florida – being called off, there was still no official resolution on Georgia-South Carolina.
“(We are) still in a holding pattern,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said on his radio show Thursday night, prior to Muschamp’s statemet. “Been a lot of conversations but nothing definitive. ….
“There’s a lot going on. There’s been a lot of talk. People are working on both ends to try to figure out the best solution. We’ve got good organization in this conference and we put a lot of trust in Greg Sankey and their group and also the South Carolina athletic department. So everybody’s on the phoen with each other.”
Speaking simultaneously on his radio show, Muschamp said they still planned on playing the game, they just didn’t know when. He returned to the subject later in the show for the Sunday announcement.
Georgia officials, other than Smart on his show, have remained silent. So has the SEC office, which earlier in the afternoon announced the postponement of the Florida-LSU game, scheduled for Saturday in Gainesville.
Now that it appears it will be Sunday, that means getting ready for the conditions.
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