South Carolina-Arkansas game date moved, to be televised

Updated: August 4, 2003, 7:22 PM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas has moved its Nov. 8 game against South Carolina up two days to accomodate a Thursday night telecast on ESPN.

The Nov. 6 game, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, will kick off just after 6:30 p.m. CST.

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said Monday that he doesn't mind playing on Thursday night even though it will mean a short rest following a game at Kentucky.

This will be Arkansas' first Thursday night game since opening the 2001 season with a 14-10 win over the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, also at Little Rock on ESPN.

"The thing you worry about is the quick turnaround, but it's even for both teams," Nutt said. "You get a little bit of a break in there if you can just get the turnaround. The quick turnaround is what's tough and that's what makes coaches apprehensive about it."

South Carolina will come off a game against Ole Miss, but will receive extra time to prepare for a key conference game against Florida. Arkansas will have a couple of extra days to prepare for nonconference opponent New Mexico State.

Monday's announcement gives Arkansas its third televised game for the season. ABC Sports is to televise the Texas game to about half the nation Sept. 13 and CBS is to air the season finale at LSU on Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving.

Nutt also said Monday that he doesn't expect junior fullback Mark Pierce to report to practice on Sunday. The coach said Pierce has taken a leave for personal reasons.

Rick Pierce, Pierce's father, died of a heart attsack in December, the week after Arkansas beat LSU. Pierce was still trying to cope with the loss of his father before the Music City Bowl.

Nutt said he didn't expect to know for a couple of weeks whether Pierce would be in Fayetteville this fall.

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