S.C. Gov.: Virus surge threatens college football season

Field Level Media

July 02, 2020 at 8:50 pm.

The governor of South Carolina warned that a surge in COVID-19 infections could wipe out the college and high school football seasons in his state.

“If these numbers continue to rise and the danger persists, I can’t do it. I won’t do it,” Gov. Henry McMaster said during a news conference Wednesday.

“… That means this fall will not be like other falls,” he said. “We will not be able to have college football. We’ll not be able to have high school football.”

High school games are scheduled to begin in late August. The University of South Carolina opens the season at home on Sept. 5 against Coastal Carolina. Clemson’s home opener is slated for Sept. 12 against Louisville.

McMaster said he will not lift the state’s ban on spectator sports unless there is a reversal in the recent trend. The state set records for coronavirus deaths (24) and hospitalizations (1,160) on Wednesday, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell.

To date South Carolina has had nearly 38,000 cases and more than 750 confirmed deaths, according to the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.