USC-Clemson Rivalry Week heats up with Tigerburn

The StateNovember 25, 2013 

A rivalry tradition that dates back more than 110 years took place on the fields of USC on Monday evening.

The annual Tigerburn event is meant to work Gamecock students and fans into a frenzy in the days leading up to the Clemson contest each year.

According to the University of South Carolina student organizations' website, the Tigerburn dates back to a near riot following the team's 1902 contest, when the Gamecocks defeated Clemson, 12-6.

According to the website: "Reports suggest that the Carolina fans that week were carrying around a poster with the image of a tiger with a gamecock standing on top of it, holding the tiger’s tail as if he was steering the tiger by the tail. Naturally, the Clemson fans didn’t take too kindly to that. After the game on Thursday, the Clemson team 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 of course, the Carolina students brought the poster to the parade. As expected, a brawl broke out before both sides agreed to mutually burn the poster in an effort to diffuse tensions. The Carolina-Clemson game has been played every year since, and every year, each school burns an object that represents the other. "

Click the links on the right to see photos of the Tigerburn, a preview story of Saturday's game, a story about where the two teams may spend the holidays preparing for a bowl game and photos of pets showing their team colors.

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