COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says officials there are monitoring the situation with Hurricane Matthew as it pertains to the Georgia-South Carolina football game, scheduled for Saturday night.
In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Haley said the decision to play the game is up to the individual schools and the Southeastern Conference, but she said “can’t imagine” the game happening, given the expected weather conditions.
According to the most recent tracking data from the National Hurricane Center, the center of Hurricane Matthew is expected to be near the coast of the Carolinas by Saturday.
Two other Georgia-South Carolina sporting events -- equestrian and volleyball matches, both scheduled for Friday, October 7 in Columbia, have been postponed. The University of South Carolina has also closed its campus for Wednesday, and is anticipating remaining closed Thursday and Friday in advance of Hurricane Matthew.
A decision regarding Saturday's football game is expected to be made later in the week.
11Alive Chief Meteorologist Chris Holcomb says that as the storm moves up the East Coast, it is expected to have at least Category 2 strength, with sustained winds at or above 96 mph.