COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner is not "100 percent sure" that Saturday's game against No. 7 LSU will be played at Williams-Brice Stadium because of the devastating floods that hit the state this past weekend.
Tanner said Tuesday that officials at both schools and the Southeastern Conference have gone through several scenarios, including playing the game at LSU. He said a decision will be made within the next day and a half whether the game can go on.
Tanner said there are several logistical issues, such as roadways that have been washed away and whether there would be enough first-responder personnel available to handle typical game-day duties.
"There are a lot of concerns and a lot of things to consider," Tanner said.
Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
Tanner said many cities have been discussed as potential alternatives.
"Certainly, a game at LSU is not out of the realm of possibility as well," he said.
USF: A familiar foe
TAMPA — Eight autumns after they periodically matched wits as fellow Jim Harbaugh lieutenants at Stanford, USF's Willie Taggart and Syracuse's Scott Shafer meet again Saturday.
Taggart, the Cardinal running backs coach in 2007, has a pretty good idea of what's coming from Harbaugh's former defensive coordinator.
"I expect them to blitz. I expect them to blitz and I expect them to blitz and I expect them to blitz some more," Taggart said.
Such is the modus operandi of Shafer and Orange defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough, expected to harass Bulls sophomore quarterback Quinton Flowers from every direction. Led by junior ends Ron Thompson and Luke Arciniega (four sacks each), Syracuse ranks 24th nationally with 23/4 sacks a game.
"You've got to be sound in your protection and in your run scheme, making sure you get a hat on a hat with some of the blitzes that they do," Taggart said.
AUBURN: Senior wide receiver D'haquille Williams was dismissed from the team.
COLORADO: Coach Mike MacIntyre said he was sorry for getting into a sideline altercation with safeties coach Joe Tumpkin on Saturday. Tumpkin drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for saying something to the officials, and MacIntyre angrily pushed him away from the field.
JACKSON ST.: Coach Harold Jackson was fired less than two seasons into his tenure. Receivers coach Derrick McCall was named interim head coach.
RUTGERS: A judge lifted a temporary restraining order filed against wide receiver Leonte Carroo after a woman he was accused of attacking said she didn't think it was necessary.
UCLA: Injured linebacker Myles Jack dropped out of school and plans to enter the NFL draft.
VA. TECH: Starting quarterback Michael Brewer, who broke his collarbone in the first game of the season, was medically cleared to return to practice.
BASKETBALL: Louisville campus police are reviewing allegations that a former staffer hired escorts to dance and have sex with recruits and players in a dormitory. Katina Powell alleged in a book that former director of basketball operation Andre McGee paid her $10,000 for dancers to perform 22 shows from 2010-14 at the Billy Minardi Hall dormitory.
Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.