Clemson University’s much-anticipated gridiron battle with Notre Dame will be played as scheduled … even though Hurricane Joaquin threatens to douse the Eastern Seaboard with record amounts of rainfall.
“We’ve been in constant communication with state and local law enforcement and have monitored weather throughout the week and today,” Clemson athletics director Dan Radakovich said. “I’ve spoken with campus leaders, State Highway Patrol, and Governor Nikki Haley, and feel confident we can play the game as scheduled. We ask our fans to be conscientious arriving and departing from our campus as we will have some limitations due to this ongoing weather event.”
Clemson’s police chief urged fans to exercise “personal caution and patience.”
“Our officers and partners with other agencies will do everything we can to ensure the safety of fans coming to tomorrow’s game,” Clemson University police chief Eric Hendricks said.
ESPN’s College Gameday show will also air as scheduled from Bowman Field from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT Saturday morning. Bowman Field opens at 6:00 a.m. EDT. However ESPN’s Sportcenter – which had planned to air live from the location at 7:00 a.m. EDT – will no longer be held.
Clemson is ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 11 in the Amway USA Today Coaches’ poll. Notre Dame is ranked No. 6 in the AP poll and No. 7 in the coaches’ poll.
The last time these two schools met at Clemson was on November 12, 1977. On that date, a fifth-ranked Notre Dame football team led by Joe Montana defeated a 15th-ranked Clemson team led by Steve Fuller, 21-17.
Two years later, though, Clemson traveled to South Bend, Indiana and pulled off a 16-10 victory over the Irish.