Ray Tanner gets that there are some people scratching their heads wondering how a home game against LSU turned into into a road game in Baton Rouge. With the ongoing issues with flooding in Columbia, Williams-Brice Stadium wasn’t a feasible option. Venues in Charlotte, Atlanta and Jacksonville were an option, but logistics about tickets, security and game day operations were factors that couldn’t be worked out in time to lock something down. Postponing and rescheduling was also an option, but securing a date that worked for both teams wasn’t possible to secure in the short time frame.
Ray Tanner is comfortable with the decision and Steve Spurrier is on board, too. You can listen to both of them discuss the game in Baton Rouge below.
A few other notes:
- Tanner said their insurance policy will not cover the lost game because it only pays if there is structural damage to the stadium, which there is not.
- Tanner said their hasn’t been any discussion with the SEC about getting this home game back down the line. The Gamecocks don’t play LSU again until 2020. That game is scheduled for Baton Rouge.
- LSU is giving the ticket money to USC, but the Gamecocks will still take a loss on the game financially.
- Tanner said the Vanderbilt game next weekend could moved if progress isn’t made in the city before next Saturday.
- Spurrier declined to answer if he stil would have been on board to move the game to Baton Rouge if the Gamecocks were 5-0 instead of 2-3.