Wednesday, February 8, 2012

South Carolina legislator seeks to protect Clemson/South Carolina rivalry.

South Carolina state Rep. Nathan Ballentine is trying to get a law passed in the South Carolina General Assembly to make sure the annual rivalry game between the state's biggest schools is preserved. The proposed law would require South Carolina and Clemson face each other every year on the football field.

The rivalry between the Gamecocks and the Tigers seems to be in any danger at the moment. The proposal is more designed to avoid any future shifts in the college football landscape which could endanger it. The recent conference expansions of the SEC and ACC are the impetus for the bill.

"You saw Texas and Texas A&M," said Rep. Nathan Ballentine, who introduced the proposal after uncovering a precedent in 1953, when the General Assembly overruled Southern Conference sanctions against Clemson to keep the rivalry alive. "That rivalry went by the wayside. Nebraska and Missouri dropped by the wayside [in 2010]. 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."

A rule like this sounds like a belt-and-suspenders approach to preserve a college rivalry that probably doesn't need preserving. Then again, there are a lot of Longhorn and Aggie fans who are moaning the loss of Texas' most important football rivalry.

(via Dr. Saturday)

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