South Carolina has canceled its planned home-and-home football schedule with Georgia Tech, athletics director Ray Tanner confirmed. The Gamecocks were set to host the Yellow Jackets in 2021 and play in Atlanta in 2022.
The news was first reported by FBSchedules.com, which found the news through an open records request.
“We appreciate your cooperation,” South Carolina deputy athletics director Charles Waddell wrote to Georgia Tech’s former athletics director, Dan Radakovich, according to FBSchedules.com. “With the addition of new schools into the Southeastern Conference and the ever changing schedule, we do not feel it’s possible to commit to these games at this time.”
SEC athletics directors, football coaches and presidents spent the week here discussing the possibility of moving from an eight-game SEC schedule to a nine-game schedule. That won’t happen until at least 2016, but the move to nine conference games would discourage the Gamecocks from scheduling another out-of-conference game against a power conference schools. South Carolina plays ACC member Clemson each year.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is in favor of keeping the SEC schedule at eight games, as are all the other conference coaches other than Alabama’s Nick Saban.
“We play a schedule with a lot of meat in it,” Spurrier said. “We don’t need to (add another conference game). It’s important to play your conference opponents, but it’s important to play other people, too. Hopefully, it’ll stay eight conference games and four choice games.”