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South Carolina Has Now Canceled Its Game Saturday vs. Marshall

General view of Williams-Brice Stadium.

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 02: A general view of the kickoff between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

South Carolina's football program is the latest in the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic region to call off its Week 3 college football game as a result of the incoming Hurricane Florence, which is reportedly recording 80-plus feet waves as it makes it way toward land.

The Gamecocks, who were scheduled to host Marshall at home this weekend, announced this afternoon that the game is being canceled.

South Carolina announced the news on Twitter.

From South Carolina:

In light of the shifting forecast and probable path of Hurricane Florence, the University of South Carolina has canceled the football game versus Marshall that was scheduled to be played Saturday evening at 7:30. The Gamecocks will look for an opportunity to play a 12th regular season game later this season.

"Whether or not the game could have been played, we made the decision we think is best for the state and those who are evacuating the coast," said Gamecock Athletics Director Ray Tanner. "There is no question this is the right thing to do and the decision was supported by President Pastides, Coach Muschamp, our Board members and myself."

The decision comes hours after revised forecasts show the potential for a greater impact on South Carolina from Hurricane Florence. The cancelation of the game will free up hotel rooms across the Midlands for evacuees and allows emergency personnel to be utilized in areas impacted by the storm.

"Marshall Athletics Director Mike Hamrick and I have been in constant contact throughout the week about the game," added Tanner. "We are in total agreement that this is the correct decision."

The Gamecocks return to action on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Vanderbilt. The game will be televised on the SEC Network at 4 p.m. ET.

South Carolina will next be in action on Sept. 22 against Vanderbilt.