David Cloninger

Playing USC-LSU in Columbia not worth the risk

Volunteers, including Columbia Mayor Steven Benjamin, distribute water this week to people in need at Lower Richland High School. Many roads are out in the area, making it difficult for people to get food and water.
Volunteers, including Columbia Mayor Steven Benjamin, distribute water this week to people in need at Lower Richland High School. Many roads are out in the area, making it difficult for people to get food and water. tglantz@thestate.com

Ray Tanner spoke of all the reasons why South Carolina had to move Saturday’s game. At the end of the day, it was a look-out for USC fans.

There’s been too much pain already this week for somebody to be coming to Columbia trying to enjoy a game, and having another road blocked off or washed away. If people are trying to use the game as a temporary relief for what’s going on around us, being in a stadium with questionable water quality and pressure would not provide it.

The emergency personnel who have been working overtime and some in 24/7 shifts don’t need to be pulled off what they’re doing to work a football game. They’re better served being in the streets and trying to prevent more casualties.

USC won’t get another game, but will get a payout from ticket sales after LSU recoups expenses. For a 2:30 p.m. Central kick, that’s a lot of Tiger fans.

It’s the best possible outcome. LSU will be as hospitable as possible before kickoff.

If you’re going, wear your USC colors. I’m sure the free food and great treatment from every Tiger fan as you approach the stadium will be worth the travel.

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