October 8, 2015

Ray Tanner, Steve Spurrier say moving game to Baton Rouge was the right call (AUDIO)

Steve Spurrier and Les Miles will get together Saturday in Baton Rouge.

Steve Spurrier and Les Miles will get together Saturday in Baton Rouge.

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.

AUDIO: Ray Tanner

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier

Heading to Baton Rouge? Here’s the need to know info from USC

The following is ticket and parking information for Saturday’s game between LSU and South Carolina in Tiger Stadium. Kickoff for the LSU-South Carolina contest is for 2:30 p.m. CT. Network television plans have yet to be determined.

Ticket Information

LSU's Death Valley

LSU’s Death Valley

Tickets previously issued for the game scheduled to be played in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., will NOT be valid at Tiger Stadium.

Tickets to the game will be sold in waves for the remainder of the week to the following members of the LSU fan base:
Tiger Den Suite and Stadium Club LSU Season Ticket Holders
LSU season ticket holders in premium areas can purchase their normal season ticket seat locations by logging in to their online season ticket account at www.LSUtix.net and completing the 2015 LSU vs. South Carolina Premium Seating Application under the Season Renewals option. The deadline to order premium seating is Thursday at 5 p.m. CT.

Other LSU Season Ticket Holders
Season ticket holders in those seating areas outside of the suites and clubs will be given an opportunity to purchase tickets based on their LSU Priority Point Ranking. Season ticket holders in this category are not guaranteed to receive their regular-season ticket seat location and are free to choose from available seats. The first wave will begin Wednesday afternoon (Time TBD) and subsequent waves will begin every hour throughout the afternoon. Season ticket holders in this category may purchase tickets once their time slot begins by logging in to their online season ticket account at www.LSUtix.net, clicking on “Buy Tickets”, then “Football”, then “South Carolina.” Season ticket holders in this category will be sent an email shortly listing when their wave begins. The deadline to order tickets in this manner is Thursday at 5 p.m. CT.

LSU Students
Beginning this afternoon full time LSU students of the Baton Rouge campus will each be able to purchase one (1) ticket for the LSU student section by logging in to the online student ticket account at www.LSUsports.net/studenttickets. The student section will be confined to the North Endzone of Tiger Stadium and will be exclusively general admission seating (no reserved group seating for this game). Eligible students will be sent an email notifying them of when they can begin to purchase a ticket. The deadline for LSU students to purchase tickets is Thursday at 5 p.m. CT.

General Public
Tickets remaining in non-premium areas will go on sale to the general public on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT at www.LSUtix.net.

All tickets will be emailed to purchasers as “Print at Home” tickets attached to the email in a PDF document. These tickets will need to be printed out on a regular laser printer by the purchaser prior to the game and brought to the game to be scanned at the gates, like any other ticket.

South Carolina Ticket Prices
Tiger Den Suite and Stadium Club — $100 ($75 for the ticket and a $25 food/beverage fee)
Lower Bowl Sideline and Upper Deck Chairback — $75
Lower Bowl Endzone — $60
Upper Deck Bench — $40
LSU Student Section — $5

All proceeds generated from ticket sales, minus the expenses that LSU incurs for hosting the game, will be given to South Carolina.

Normal LSU Football GameDay parking policies and procedures will be in place for the South Carolina game.

· Season parking permit holders can use their Western Kentucky parking pass (grey pass, No. 5 in the parking booklet) to gain admission to their normal parking lot for the South Carolina game.

· Season permit holders are urged to retain their Western Kentucky pass following the South Carolina game, as it will be needed to park for that game on Oct. 24.

· Fans without a season parking permit can purchase game-by-game cash parking for $40 on the day of the game, or utilize any of the free parking areas outlined at www.LSUsports.net/parking.

The American Red Cross will also be collecting donations at the gates of Tiger Stadium on Saturday for those victims of the flooding in South Carolina.

Source: USC-LSU game likely to move to Baton Rouge (UPDATE: Move confirmed)

Steve Spurrier is supportive of wherever they decide to play Saturday's game.

Steve Spurrier is supportive of wherever they decide to play Saturday’s game.

A source told SportsTalk today that the USC-LSU game will likely be moved to Baton Rouge Saturday. There was a conference call with board members and officials this morning and all options were discussed, including, according to the source playing the game in Charlotte or Georgia Tech’s stadium in Atlanta. According to the source, it’s about a 90 percent certainty the game will be moved. The decision is not official yet, but could be announced this afternoon.

Here are a few other factors the source cited for the move:

  • There were some board members that went into the meeting wanting the game to stay in Columbia, but were swayed to move when presented with challenges that the university is dealing with logistically at Williams-Brice.
  • LSU officials have been extremely accommodating. They are offering to split the gate and help arrange and take care of the travel and accommodations.
  • If they move USC would either reimburse fans with tickets to the game or offer a credit to Gamecock Club members.
  • The game could remain at it’s noon kick, or 11:00 AM local time.
  • There were also some discussions about next week’s Vanderbilt game, but nothing has been decided on that game.

LSU’s Les Miles and Steve Spurrier both said this morning that they still aren’t sure where the game will be played, but both support the potential move.  “What’s best for the victims of the flood should be our consideration,” Spurrier said.


USC has confirmed the game is moving.

— In light of the tragedy that has beset our community and the ongoing recovery effort, and in consultation with state and local officials, law enforcement, the SEC and LSU, the University of South Carolina will not host the USC v. LSU football game in Columbia this weekend. The game will take place in Baton Rouge.

“Yesterday, we made the extremely difficult decision to cancel classes for the week due to the stress 34,000 students would place on the region’s recovering infrastructure, there is no doubt 85,000 fans would exact the same toll,” said USC President Harris Pastides. “In the spirit of supporting our South Carolina community that is so supportive of Gamecock Nation, we have decided to move the game to Baton Rouge. The stress on law enforcement and first responders is too great. Moreover, we’ve had many in the Carolina family directly impacted by the flooding.”

Details for the game, including kickoff time, are being finalized with officials from LSU and the SEC.

“On behalf of the University of South Carolina Athletics Department, our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered the loss of life and property during this tragic flood,” said Athletics Director Ray Tanner.  “After much thought and consideration, and in conjunction with local and state authorities and with our own University administration, we have made the decision to move Saturday’s football game to Baton Rouge.  Changing venues on such short notice is no easy task, and I would like to thank LSU President F. King Alexander and Athletics Director Joe Alleva for their cooperation and flexibility in working with us to change the site for Saturday’s football game,” added Tanner.

Practice will continue and the team is expected to leave for Baton Rouge on Friday.

“On behalf of the South Carolina football team we want to do the right thing and do what is best for all concerned,” said Gamecock football coach Steve Spurrier. “It appears the best thing is to travel to LSU.  We look forward to the challenge and competing against the Tigers in Baton Rouge on Saturday.”

Information on refunds/credits for tickets purchased for the contest at Williams-Brice Stadium will be forthcoming.

USC considering postponing or moving the LSU game out of Columbia (AUDIO)

Ray Tanner

Ray Tanner

USC Athletic Director Ray Tanner said Tuesday that Saturday’s USC-LSU game at Williams-Brice Stadium could be moved to another venue or postponed. Tanner said all options are on the table in the wake of severe flooding in Columbia. Tanner did not name other venues, but said a game at LSU is not out of the question.

USC has cancelled classes for the rest of the week and Tanner said there are issues that have to be worked out in terms of what resources are available for a game Saturday. The SEC Network made the call not to bring its SEC Nation show to Columbia. They felt it would not be appropriate to celebrate football in the aftermath of the deadly floods.

You can listen to Tanner’s comments below.

AUDIO: Ray Tanner

Talking Tuesday: Steve Spurrier still looking for answers as #7 LSU looms (AUDIO)

Steve Spurrier still doesn't know if he has a team that can win in the SEC.

Steve Spurrier still doesn’t know if he has a team that can win in the SEC.

Steve Spurrier just wrapped up his weekley news conference to preview Saturday’s matchup against #7 LSU. The Gamecocks are 2-3 and facing an LSU team led by Heisman front runner Leonard Forenette. Here are a few of the highlights from the HBC’s weekly press conference.

  • Spurrier opens his presser by sending his thoughts and prayers to everyone involved with the flooding. He said he noted to the .
  • Spurrier said Shawn Elliott had to evacuate his house and G.A. Mangus had water in his basement from the flooding.
  • Lorenzo Nunez isn’t throwing yet, but Spurrier expects his shoulder to be okay by the end of the week.
  • Spurrier said LSU is probably one of the “biggest, strongest teams in the nation.”
  • Spurrier said he thinks Brandon Wilds will be ready to play Saturday. He’s missed two games with a rib injury.
  • Spurrier took a long pause when asked if he’s convinced he has the players to win in the SEC. “I hope so. Time will tell.”
  • Spurrier said they will make some changes on offense this week. “We’re not going to run the ball up the middle on 1st down every time.”
  • Spurrier said it will take a lot of gang tackling to stop Leonard Fournette Saturday.
  • Allan Knott could return to practice this week. He’s been out since the UGA game with an ankle injury.
  • Spurrier said the practices have been a struggle at times, too. “Sometimes our practices aren’t real pretty either.”
  • Spurrier points out that they aren’t the only 2-3 team. He names Arkansas and Tennessee as a couple of teams in the same boat as them.

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier 10-6