Hurricane Florence cancels South Carolina football game, postpone most high school contests
The impending arrival of Hurricane Florence towards the Carolinas as prompted numerous football schedule changes in Chronicle Country.
On the college level, the University of South Carolina announced the cancellation of Saturday’s non-conference game against Marshall University. The Gamecocks will look for an opportunity to play a 12th regular season game later this season.
"Whether or not the game could have been played, we made the decision we think is best for the state and those who are evacuating the coast," South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner said.. "There is no question this is the right thing to do and the decision was supported by President Pastides, Coach Muschamp, our Board members and myself."
The decision comes hours after revised forecasts show the potential for a greater impact on South Carolina from Hurricane Florence. The cancelation of the game will free up hotel rooms across the Midlands for evacuees and allows emergency personnel to be utilized in areas impacted by the storm.
"Marshall Athletics Director Mike Hamrick and I have been in constant contact throughout the week about the game," added Tanner. "We are in total agreement that this is the correct decision."
The Gamecocks return to action on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Vanderbilt. The game will be televised on the SEC Network at 4 p.m. ET.
On the high school level, most schools have postponed its Week 4 contests:
Lower Richland at Airport
Lexington at Batesburg-Leesville
Chapin at Spring Valley
Blythewood at Dutch Fork
Dreher at Gilbert
River Bluff at Irmo
Calhoun County at Swansea
Thomas Sumter at Northside Christian
Gray Collegiate at White Knoll
Brookland-Cayce is idle
S.C. High School League Commissioner Jerome Singleton said the league will wait until the hurricane passes before making a decision on adding an extra week. Such was the case in 2015 following the flood which ravaged most of the Midlands.
Other Lexington County teams have rescheduled its Week 4 contests:
W.W. King Academy at Laurens Academy - 7 p.m.
C.A. Johnson at Pelion - 6 p.m.