Clemson-Georgia shift not likely

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The USA Today reported Monday that Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney believes the 2013 season opener with Georgia could be moved to Labor Day night.

Such a move would have to be approved by both universities, and outgoing Georgia president Michael Adams has been vehemently against playing games during the week. The Bulldogs have not played a regular-season football game on a non Saturday since Adams became president in 1997.

"We won't do it home or away," Adams said in a recent interview with the Times Free Press. "I think Monday through Friday are for education, and I think Saturday is appropriate for football."

Georgia coach Mark Richt also would have nothing to gain from playing Clemson on a Monday, since the Bulldogs would have to host South Carolina five days later.

The Georgia-Clemson game is scheduled for Aug. 31, and it could have an afternoon start if the Kickoff Classic in Atlanta and the Cowboys Classic near Dallas remain in prime time. Alabama and Virginia Tech are meeting in the Kickoff Classic, with LSU and TCU set for the Cowboys Classic.

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