CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Marshall University’s weekend football matchup with the University of South Carolina has been canceled.
Gamecock Athletics, the University of South Carolina’s official athletics’ Twitter page, announced the cancellation. The South Carolina school also announced it in a news release on the website for its athletics’ programs.
The game had been scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Columbia, but University of South Carolina officials said the contest was being canceled in light of the shifting forecast and probable path of Hurricane Florence.
Marshall also confirmed the cancellation in a news release.
“It’s the right thing to do,” Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick said. “The student-athletes’ welfare was our No. 1 concern. South Carolina AD Ray Tanner and I communicated all week in hopes that we could play, but in the end, not playing is the safest option for all concerned. I appreciate the professionalism of Ray Tanner and the South Carolina athletic department during a difficult circumstance.”
Gamecock Athletics Director Ray Tanner said 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. 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.”
Marshall’s game cancellation follows the cancellation of West Virginia University’s game Saturday at N.C. State in Raleigh.
As far as ticket refunds for the Marshall-South Carolina game, information will be forthcoming, school officials said.
The Thundering Herd (2-0) will host N.C. State (2-0) Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.