Georgia playing South Carolina on Sunday under one condition
During his weekly radio show Thursday evening, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp announced the Gamecocks’ upcoming game vs. Georgia had been pushed back from Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET to Sunday at 2:30 due to the arrival of Hurricane Matthew.
BREAKING: Will Muschamp just announced that the USC-Georgia game will be played on SUNDAY. Time TBA.
— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) October 6, 2016
It’s nice to see that both sides were able to come up with agreement, especially after receiving word that LSU-Florida has been postponed with no indication of the game being played at a later date.
But while the Bulldogs agreed to play Sunday’s game at Williams-Brice Stadium, athletic director Greg McGarity said during a Friday teleconference with reporters that decision came with one big condition.
“The key thing was hotel rooms. We did not want to be in position of having anything to do with displacing evacuees,” said McGarity, per UGASports.com. “That was something that would not have been acceptable on any level, but South Carolina did come up with an option. We weren’t going to do that.”
McGarity said an offer was made to play the game in Athens and that the Georgia Dome was never an option, but cancelling the contest – like what happened to LSU and Florida – was. It’s just not what either side wanted to do.
“Throughout the discussions, I think everybody wanted to play the game because there’s just not really a way to make it up,” McGarity said. “South Carolina is open next week and we’re open before the Florida game so there weren’t really any makeup days and we knew with the city of Columbia being able to host it we felt confident that the game could be play in Columbia and the discussion was Saturday and Sunday and the way it ended up was Sunday was the best day.”