UGA-South Carolina football game will be in Columbia

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Columbia, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina says a final decision on what to do about Saturday's game versus Georgia is expected to be made Thursday, but they also made it clear: whatever happens, the game will be in Columbia.

The school said late Wednesday they're continuing to monitor the movements of Hurricane Matthew, and they are in communication with state and local authorities, as well as the National Weather Service.

"The safety of everyone affected by the storm and the minimization of the impact on emergency personnel are the most important factors in making the decision," the university said in their statement.

Currently, the game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium. In a radio interview Wednesday, USC Executive Associate Athletics Director Charles Bloom said playing the game on Sunday or Monday could be a possibility.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday night that she told the school no state resources would be available as they normally are to help with game traffic. "We will not be able to give any state support for the game," she said. "I cannot pull any troopers away from the state to the game."

Haley mentioned the Richland County Sheriff's Department as a better option. That agency usually provides support along with the highway patrol at home games.

"[USC Athletics Director Ray Tanner] and I have been in contact today and have discussed the various options," Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said.

South Carolina's governor has already declared a state of emergency and ordered several evacuations.

The UGA vs. South Carolina volleyball game on Friday was moved to Athens from Columbia.

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