East Carolina athletic director Jeff Compher said Tuesday on Pirate Radio 1250 and 930 AM that South Carolina will not visit the Pirates on the road in 2019 as scheduled.
“They have a game in Charlotte and that limited the number of home games they had,” Compher said, “so they elected not to come here.”
South Carolina is scheduled to open the 2019 season against North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, as well as again at the same venue in 2023. The two schools came to the agreement in September 2015.
Because of the cancellation, South Carolina must pay East Carolina $1 million as per the game contract.
Compher said the cancellation won’t affect future scheduling between the two teams.
“I never want to rule out the possibilities for the future,” Compher said. “We’ll continue to have good conversations around the opportunity for them to come here and for us to continue to play them in the future.”
South Carolina and East Carolina agreed to a four-game series in 2014 that called for games at South Carolina in 2016 and 2020 and games at East Carolina in 2019 and 2021.
The Gamecocks own a 14-5 series lead over the Pirates, which includes a 20-15 last season. East Carolina last beat South Carolina in 1999.
The Gamecocks will now need to add one more non-conference game to complete its 2019 schedule. Along with North Carolina (Sept. 2), they are scheduled to play Charleston Southern (Nov. 23) and Clemson (Nov. 30) at home.
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