South Carolina football is moving the game up to Thursday due to the threat of Hurricane Ian

Due to the threat of Hurricane Ian, South Carolina announced Tuesday that it is moving its game against South Carolina State up to Thursday night.

The game starts at 7:00 PM ET. It was scheduled to take place in Columbia on Saturday at noon ET.

“Due to the potential impact of the hurricane on Columbia and the surrounding area, it is in the interest of safety to play the game on Thursday instead of Saturday afternoon,” South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement. “I appreciate the cooperation of South Carolina State head coach Buddy Pough, the South Carolina State administration and Southeastern Conference officials who worked closely together to make the appropriate operational adjustments to accommodate this change in schedule.

“… Based on the current forecast and expected weather conditions, as well as information from our campus, state and local law enforcement agencies, at this time, the university is confident in our ability to host the game on Thursday at Williams-Brice Stadium.”

South Carolina beat Charlotte 56-20 on Saturday to improve to 2-2.

Other games affected by the potential effects of Hurricane Ian:

  • South Florida’s football game with East Carolina has been moved to Boca Raton on Saturday, sources told ESPN’s Pete Thamel. That game will be played at Florida Atlantic’s stadium. It was originally scheduled for 18 Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

  • The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning have postponed preseason games against Carolina on Wednesday and Nashville on Thursday. These games were scheduled to be played at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

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