Josh Kendall

USC has a timeline goal for finalizing plans for 12th game

South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner is “feverishly” trying to finalize plans for a 12th football game for the Gamecocks and wants be able to announce that game by Nov. 5.

“You have to have an opponent sign on the dotted line,” Tanner said Wednesday afternoon on 107.5 The Game, the school’s flagship radio station. “We are going to do our very best to have a 12th game. In a perfect world I’d like to (announce it) no later than Nov. 5 or 6. It would be even better if it’s before that. I’d like to have it all buttoned up by then.”

The Gamecocks are talking to “a number of schools” about a Dec. 1 game in Williams-Brice Stadium, Tanner said. He later added that there are two schools USC has approached about a game who would like to play but can’t commit because they are still in the race for their division title, which would mean playing in their conference title game on Dec. 1. He then added there was “a third” possibility.

The Gamecocks are looking for another game because their game against Marshall scheduled for Sept. 15 was canceled due to potential complications from Hurricane Florence. The Thundering Herd, Southern Miss and Appalachian State look like the three leading candidates to be South Carolina’s 12th opponent.

“Just haven’t been able to secure a deal, but we’re hoping that we can,” Tanner said. Head football coach Will “Muschamp has encouraged me very much to get that done so we’re going to try to have a game.”

The Gamecocks are 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the SEC and could need a win on Dec. 1 in order to get six wins and qualify for a bowl game. South Carolina’s “initial plan” was to get Marshall back on the schedule for Dec. 1, Tanner said, but the Thundering Herd might not know until Nov. 24 if they qualify for the Conference USA championship game.

“That’s a little late to be making a decision,” Tanner said.

The ticket prices for the game would be the same ones charged for the Marshall game, Tanner said.