Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Georgia-Clemson game moving to Labor Day?

Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney told USA Today's Dan Wolken that the Tigers' season opener against Georgia could be moved from Saturday, August 31 to Labor Day night (Sept. 2). This would give the game a prime spot on the opening weekend of college football season.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity claimed to be "not aware" of the story, which puts Swinney's claims in doubt. Putting the idea further in doubt is that Georgia faces South Carolina on Sept. 7. That would mean the Dawgs would only have five days to get ready for its first SEC conference game of the season. (Clemson, on the other hand, faces lowly South Carolina State.)

Georgia might not have much of a choice, as it's a Clemson home game, and ESPN would probably prefer that game to other options. The Dawgs might be willing to change their minds if the South Carolina game could be moved to later in the season, but that would involve messing with the entire SEC schedule.

In the end, I wouldn't hold my breath on the game being moved. File this one under "there's a possibility, but no chance" until some more concrete info comes out.

(via The Macon Telegraph, Bleacher Report)