Sophomore setter Rachel Kieckhaefer settled into her role as the starter for the Rebels quickly as she tallied 80 assists in the two matches combined. Against the Redhawks she tallied 46 assists on the Rebels 51 kills. Rachel did a great job that way. The middle blockers are catching up on to our system and getting there early, which opens other people up in the offense. We have some fine tuning to do, but I am pleased with were we are today. Unlike most major college rivalries, the Carolina—Clemson rivalry did not start innocently and because of competitive collegiate sports.
South Carolina College was founded in to unite and promote harmony between the Lowcountry and the Backcountry. The Democrats returned to power in following their decisive electoral victory over the Radical Republicans and promptly proceeded to close the university. Sentiment in the state favored opening an agriculture college, so the university was reorganized as the South Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.
The school remained this way until when it changed to "civilian" status for students and became a coeducational institution. Benjamin Tillman emerged in the s as a leader of the agrarian movement in South Carolina and demanded that the South Carolina College take agricultural education more seriously by expanding the agriculture department.
Lee , then the president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi , and subsequently Tillman would accept nothing less than a separate agriculture college in South Carolina. The Conservatives , who held the reins of power in South Carolina from to , replied to each point made by Tillman:. Tillman was bolstered in when Thomas Green Clemson agreed to will his Fort Hill estate for the establishment of an agriculture college. It was less than ninety days when Tillman reemerged on the scene upon the death of Thomas Green Clemson in April Calhoun 's great granddaughter Floride Isabella Lee, who wrote a letter on her behalf to the News and Courier in May that she was being denied as Calhoun's rightful heir.
The election of afforded Tillman an opportunity to convince the politicians to accept the Clemson bequest or face the possibility of being voted out of office. He demanded that the Democratic party nominate its candidates by the primary system , which was denied, but they did accept his request that the candidates for statewide office canvass the state. Tillman explained his justification for an independently controlled agriculture college by pointing to the mismanagement and political interference of the University of South Carolina as had occurred during Reconstruction.
The agriculture college, as specified in Clemson's will, was to be privately controlled.
With declining cotton prices, Tillman played upon the farmer's desperation by stating that the salaries of the college professors were exorbitant and it must be a sign of corruption. Having achieved his agriculture college, Tillman was not content to sit idly by because what he really desired was power and political office.
While campaigning for governor in , Tillman leveled his harshest criticism towards the University of South Carolina and threatened to close it along with The Citadel , which he called a " dude factory. However, Clemson Agricultural College held sway over the state legislature for decades and was generally the more popular college during the first half of the 20th century in South Carolina. In the s, the University of South Carolina expanded its reach across the state by establishing branch campuses under the auspices of the University of South Carolina System.
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In the past ten years, Clemson has experienced a larger percentage of enrollment growth over its rival school. Since , Clemson University has grown by The series dates back to , and has been renewed every year since Clemson holds a 70—42—4 lead in the series.
Clemson has more wins against USC than any other program has,  and Carolina is second behind Georgia Tech in most wins against Clemson. Every year, each school engages in a ritual involving the other team's mascot. When Clemson began its football program in , coached by Walter Riggs, they scheduled the rival South Carolina College for a Thursday morning game in conjunction with the State Fair. Carolina won that game 12—6 and a new tradition was born — Big Thursday.
Clemson would win the next four contests including a 51—0 win in , still the largest margin of victory by either team in the series before the 1st break in the series took place in The Gamecock mascot made its first appearance in In that first season as the Gamecocks, Carolina defeated a highly favored Clemson team coached by the legendary John Heisman 12—6.
But it was the full-scale riot that broke out in the wake of the game that is remembered most. After the game on Thursday, the Clemson guys frankly told the Carolina students that if you bring this poster, which is insulting to us, to the big parade on Friday, you're going to be in trouble. And naturally, of course, the Carolina students brought the poster to the parade. If you give someone an ultimatum and they are your rival, they're going to do exactly what you told them not to do. As expected, another brawl broke out before both sides agreed to mutually burn the poster in an effort to defuse tensions.
The immediate aftermath resulted in the stoppage of the rivalry until The Carolina—Clemson game has been played every year since.
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World War II produced one of the most bizarre situations in the history of the rivalry. Cary Cox, a football player of the victorious Clemson squad in , signed up for the V program in and was placed at USC. The naval instructors at USC ordered him to play on the football team and he was named the captain for the Big Thursday game against Clemson. Cox was reluctant to play against his former teammates and he voiced his concerns to coach Lt. James P.
Moran who responded, "Cox, I can't promise you'll get a Navy commission if you play Thursday, but I can damn well promise that you won't get one if you don't play. He returned to Clemson after the war and captained the team in a losing effort to Carolina, but Cox earned his place in history as the only player to captain both schools' football teams. Two New York mobsters printed counterfeit tickets for the game.
Fans from both sides were denied entrance when the duplicate tickets were discovered, which led to a near riot. To add to the wild scene, a Clemson fan strangled a live chicken at midfield during halftime. Fans from both sides of the rivalry, many of whom who had been denied entrance, along with fans who poured out of the stands, stormed the fences and gates and spilled onto the field.
It took U. Secretary of State James F. Byrnes , who attended the game along with then-Governor-elect Strom Thurmond , to settle down the hostile crowd. Once order was restored, fans were allowed to stand along the sidelines, with the teams, while the second half was played to the game's conclusion. The Gamecocks eventually won by a score of 26— Upon request of both schools' presidents, the S. General Assembly passed a resolution on February 27, , ordering the game to be played.
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This year would mark the end of the tradition as the rivalry progressed to a home-and-home series played on a Saturday. However, the two schools would not move the contest to the last regular season game until two years later. Clemson won the final Big Thursday match-up 27—0. A few minutes before Clemson football players entered the field for pre-game warm ups, a group of Sigma Nu fraternity members ran onto the field, jumping up and down and cheering in football uniforms that resembled the ones worn by the Tigers.
This caused the Clemson band to start playing "Tiger Rag," which was followed by the pranksters falling down as they attempted to do calisthenics. They would also do football drills where guys would drop passes and miss the ball when trying to kick it. Clemson fans quickly realized that they had been tricked, and some of them angrily ran onto the field. However, security restored order before any blows could be exchanged. The Carolina frat boys had also acquired a sickly cow they planned to bring out during halftime to be the "Clemson Homecoming Queen", but the cow died en route to the stadium.
Carolina won the game 21— However, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy the day before would affect the scheduling of the game. Both schools planned to proceed with the original day and time, but federal government pressure caused the schools to push the game to November 28, marking the only time Clemson and Carolina played on Thanksgiving Day.
Clemson won the game 24— This play is known as "The Catch" and is one of the most memorable plays in the rivalry. Luke turned the page toward the Tigers in his post-game press conference following the Rebels' win over New Mexico State. We have to focus on us and get prepared to go play. The annual clash between Ole Miss and LSU is dubbed the Magnolia Bowl with the winner keeping a trophy in its possession until the next season. The teams began playing for the Magnolia Bowl trophy in The rivalry between the two schools one, however, is a storied one.
Ole Miss and LSU first met on the gridiron in and have played one another annually since LSU leads the series
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