(Updated 11:02 a.m.)
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel and Charleston Southern have agreed to reschedule Saturday’s postponed game to Thursday, Nov. 29, at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The game is contingent on neither team qualifying for the FCS playoffs.
The game, originally scheduled for Sept. 15, was postponed due to Hurricane Florence.
“First off, this is a very unfortunate situation,” said The Citadel director of athletics Mike Capaccio. “After the governor issued the mandatory evacuation of the coast, The Citadel reviewed options to relocate the game for this weekend. However, it was appropriate to keep the main focus on ensuring the safety of all parties that would be involved with trying to play the game this weekend.
“We are very thankful for the administration over at Charleston Southern for working with us to come up with a suitable makeup date. We both feel that it is very important to play the game.”
“The CSU vs. Citadel game is a very important game for both schools and I’m grateful that a suitable date could be found,” said CSU director of athletics Jeff Barber. “Playing this game on a Thursday night will be special and we appreciate the spirit of camaraderie that allowed this to occur.”
The game is the first of a four-game series between the two schools.
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The football game between The Citadel and Charleston Southern scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday will not be played this week.
Both teams agree that the appropriate thing to do under the circumstances is to release players to evacuate Charleston along with their classmates. Players, trainers, cheerleaders and athletic staff will depart campus in an orderly fashion in accordance with emergency response plans at both colleges.
A new date and time for the game are currently being discussed. For now, the focus of both teams is the safety of players and staff, and preparations to limit damage to campus facilities. A determination about rescheduling will be made at a later time.
Under agreements with the State of South Carolina, Johnson Hagood Stadium facilities are used by the South Carolina National Guard and possibly other emergency response agencies who are preparing and responding to hurricane requirements.