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State rep. wants Gamecocks-Tigers required by law

Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:24 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With every signal coming out of SEC HQ indicating the league is highly unlikely to follow the ACC's lead and pursue a nine-game league schedule, the 116-year intra-state rivalry between South Carolina and Clemson isn't in any immediate danger of being interrupted by the league's recent expansions. But one Palmetto State legislator has decided he'd rather not take any chances.

South Carolina state representative Nathan Ballentine has proposed that state law require the Gamecocks and Tigers to meet each year on the gridiron, continuing the nation's second-longest continuously played college football rivalry. The proposal will be examined by House lawmakers Wednesday, the State reports.

"I had a constituent bring it up to me, asking whether it was state law that these two teams play. It's not," said Ballentine, a South Carolina graduate from Lexington, S.C. "With all the conference realignment, we just wanted to make sure this annual game continues ... You saw Texas and Texas A&M ... No one wants to see that happen here to our two universities where families enjoy the annual game, and it's great for our economy."

Remarkably, the series has apparently been saved once already by state congressional fiat--according to Ballentine, no game was scheduled between the two teams in 1952 until the legislature stepped in.

But that's not argument enough for officials at either school, who agreed that the legislature's intervention at this stage is unnecessary. 

"Clemson would prefer to not have to legislate this issue," Tiger athletic director Terry Don Phillips said, "as I cannot conceive of a realistic scenario that would prohibit Clemson and South Carolina from continuing our football series."

Which makes us wonder--was this all a grand plot on Ballentine's part to prove to the two schools that they can agree on something? After the epic war of (misattributed) words between Dabo Swinney and (not actually) Steve Spurrier following this year's Gamecock beatdown, could the two programs have needed the reminder not to travel down the road of public in-fighting and back-biting that poisoned the rivalry between the Aggies and 'Horns?

To answer those questions: no, it wasn't, and no, they didn't. But as college football fans, we can understand Rep. Ballentine wanting to play it safe all the same.

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Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:54 pm
 

State rep. wants Gamecocks-Tigers required by law

Classy indeed, Vehemon. When you start throwing out random hate for no good reason other than hate's sake you deserve a little cheap shot. And a Gamecock taking shots at players "in trouble"?!! That's priceless.
 



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:04 am
 

State rep. wants Gamecocks-Tigers required by law

Wow, wayzup, you are too dumb to even bother responding to in depth. Keep viewing the world from those broke ass garnet colored glasses. Congrats on 3 years of success out of 100 plus. Another classy Gamecock.
Wow, classy. Tongue out 



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:37 pm
 

State rep. wants Gamecocks-Tigers required by law

Wow, wayzup, you are too dumb to even bother responding to in depth. Keep viewing the world from those broke ass garnet colored glasses. Congrats on 3 years of success out of 100 plus. Another classy Gamecock.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:30 pm
 

State rep. wants Gamecocks-Tigers required by law

News flash to me that it wasn't "state law"....that was what I always heard. I guess that's more in reference to the whole 1952 near miss. In any case, this is still the 2nd longest running rivalry in college football. Needless to say it shouldn't be interrupted.



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:55 pm
 

State rep. wants Gamecocks-Tigers required by law

This makes sense.  Isnt his job to speak for the people?  If congress can have trials on drugs in MLB when nobody cared then this guy can sure do what the people of SC want.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:55 pm
 

State rep. wants Gamecocks-Tigers required by law

Who gives a crap about the state of South Carolina? They're the second best Carolina in the country.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:52 am
 

State rep. wants Gamecocks-Tigers required by law

To everyone who is getting upset and saying Rep. Ballentine should "do his job," that is exactly what he is doing.  His constituents brought up the matter to him and he is voted in by them.  The whole "government of the people, by the people, for the people" is at work here. 

Included in this rivalry is millions of dollars, staying in the state, helping the local economy.  It is a win-win proposition for the state, both universities and the fans.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:11 am
 

State rep. wants Gamecocks-Tigers required by law

At least our success was earned & our program built the right way instead of bragging on a championship that clemson paid for over 30 years ago.  Not to mention, we don't allow players on our team that beat women and send them to the emergency room on multiple occassions (Joe Craig, DeAndre McDaniel) or let players caught smoking weed while driving (Duane Coleman) to play in bowl games a few days after.  We certainly don't allow for the accidental killing of a track coach by a football player riding on a booster's jet ski to happen without consequences like they do at clemson.  USC has owned clemson in just about every sport but basketball these past 5 years so all clemson has to point at is their ill-gotten championships from generations ago or winning one of the weakest conferences in the country only to set every dubious record in the history of bowl games by getting smoked 70-33 in the Orange Bowl.  

Small scale is A-She-She football...if clemson had to play a real SEC schedule like Carolina does, they'd struggle to make it to 7 wins, much less even sniff a conference title game.  Your football coach's name is Dabo, for crying out loud....or should I refer to him as the rest of the country does...head cheerleader in charge. lol clemson..y'all are so wrapped in your bubble, you don't even know that most of the rest of the country laughs at you. 



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:02 am
 

State rep. wants Gamecocks-Tigers required by law

careful,  your ignorance is showing.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:01 am
 

State rep. wants Gamecocks-Tigers required by law

Our tax dollars at work.  sigh


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