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Breaking News: Tornado, Storms Result in Postponement of Kentucky-Georgia Game

Friday, March 14, 2008 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 11:14 PM, under , ,

Athens, GA (Mar 14, 2008) - A tornado that tipped off part of the Georgia Dome roof and concerns for safety have caused the SEC to postpone the SEC Quarterfinal game between Georgia and Kentucky. Unfortunately, fans cannot leave the Georgia Dome because of another weather cell coming in. And with Selection Sunday just two days away, and a commitment of a 1:00 Air Time with CBS Sports on Sunday, this will throw the tournament into chaos.

If they play the game tomorrow, Georgia or Kentucky will be forced to play two games in one day. As discussed in the on-air coverage, this will be painful for whichever team wins the game (if they play the game), as both teams rely on 40-minute players much more than any of the other 3 remaining teams.

Update 11:40 PM: Raycom has just gone off the air with no information about when they will be on the air tomorrow.

Update 12:07 AM (Mar 15, 2008): ESPN's Mark Schlabach is reporting that there may be logistics problems tomorrow if the games cannot be played in the Georgia Dome for safety reasons (because of damage to the Dome). Phillips Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers is unavailable. One possibility may be moving the games to Alexander Memorial Coliseum over at Georgia Tech.

Editors Note: Unless a decision is made quickly, with all of the CBS Sports and RAYCOM TV trucks set up and ready to go at the Dome, having to move the games could put television coverage at risk for at least the postponed game.

Damage Outside the Georgia Dome

SEC Associate Commissioner Charles Bloom Discussing the situation with Raycom's Dave Baker.

Water main break at the Georgia World Congress center, Next to the Georgia Dome. The center hosts SEC Fanfare for the SEC Championships in Football and Basketball when played in the Georgia Dome.

Raycom Host Dave Neal discussing the situation with Color Analyst Barry Booker.

Raycom's Joe Dean, Jr and Tim Brando discuss what options might be available to the SEC

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