Clemson - UGA staying put... for now

Dan Radakovich

Rumors of Clemson and Georgia moving this fall's game to Labor Day are just that, at least for now.

On Tuesday, Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich told CUTigers that the plan remains the same -- to play the game on Aug. 31.

"I don't see any way that this game is played on a Monday. I really don't," he said. "There are a lot of obstacles."

In an interview with Chip Towers of the Atlanta-Journal Georgia, Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity denied any possibility of the Tigers and Bulldogs playing on Sept. 2.

"That's not an option, even if it was an option," McGarity said. "There's been no discussion about that at all."

Rumblings of the game's new date began on Monday when USA Today's Dan Wolken tweeted, "Dabo Swinney told me the Clemson-Georgia game to open next season could end up on Monday night."

Towers wrote on Tuesday that playing on Thursday, Aug. 29 or Friday, Aug. 30 would be "a more realistic possibility" for Clemson and Georgia.

"I think that would make much more sense," McGarity said.

Radakovich believes the scheduled date is the best one.

"I think there's enough inventory on a Thursday. Friday is out of consideration because of high school football and things of that nature…this is a game that we want to have on Saturday," he said. "It's a great game. It'll be great for Clemson. It'll be great for the University of Georgia. It'll be a wonderful atmosphere for college football.

"That's where we'd really like to keep it."

Radakovich said ACC schools with on-campus stadiums are protected from games on days other than Saturday.

"Clemson, as we all knew as members of the ACC, is one of the schools that's really protected, because of the fan base and the difficulty of hosting non-traditional games," he said. "That's why places like Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech have had the ability to host the non-traditional games.

"Syracuse, coming in, has the opportunity to do that on a Friday night. North Carolina State has done these on Thursday very successfully. Wake Forest has done them successfully, mostly because these places' stadiums are off campus."

But, when TV networks are involved, things can change.

"TV can do that, but we can look to hold our ground and try to play this game on Saturday, which is where we want it," Radakovich said.

Clemson and Georgia have not met on the gridiron since the 2003 season.

The two teams are scheduled to meet this year to open the season and will play in Athens, Ga. in 2014.

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