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Clemson battles snow before playing Hokies

Virginia Tech canceled classes on Friday and snow is hitting the campus hard, but the Hokies are still scheduled to play Clemson on Saturday. But for Clemson, just getting to Blacksburg was a battle in itself.

Clemson was initially scheduled to fly to Virginia Tech on Friday at 4 p.m., but instead left on Thursday at 7 p.m. because of the impending snowstorm. The company through which the team charters a plane warned that it would not be flying on Friday.

Coach Oliver Purnell said the Tigers considered taking a bus on Thursday, but someone at the university was able to find a plane to get a flight from Greenville, S.C., to Roanoke, Va. A driving trip from Clemson to Virginia Tech would have been about five hours.

The Tigers, who arrived in Blacksburg around 10 p.m. on Thursday, have tried to maintain some semblance of normalcy amid the chaotic, on-the-fly travel plans.

The team, which is staying at a hotel on campus, was able to schedule practice time at Cassell Coliseum on Friday from noon to 2 p.m.; the Tigers were initially scheduled to practice later, but a Virginia Tech women's basketball game was moved up, to 4 p.m. from 6:30 p.m., because of the weather. Clemson planned to have a shoot-around at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Purnell said that the Tigers might get together at the hotel Friday night to watch a movie

By Mark Viera  |  February 5, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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