Clemson-South Carolina football: More trash on the field than points for Gamecocks
The Clemson Tigers lead the South Carolina Gamecocks 20-0 at halftime, but the the home fans and students have shown their displease in a shameful way.
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It began during pregame warmups, when fans launched bottles and other pieces of garbage toward Clemson players, with one fan going as far as hitting a police officer with an open can.
Can confirm a South Carolina fan hit a police officer with a beer/soda can here after the #Clemson arm link pic.twitter.com/00Woga7Lsq
They continued during the second quarter when officials flagged a Gamecock defender for unnecessary roughness; fans took the call in stride, raining even more bottles into the end zone in front of them.
It happened again when Tavien Feaster scored two plays later, and again when Hunter Renfrow scored on Clemson’s next drive.
And, predictably, again as Clemson’s players filed into the visitor’s tunnel at halftime with a 20-0 lead.
It’s unacceptable behavior from any fan base at any level, and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney even drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for complaining to officials following Renfrow’s score.
ESPN says Dabo was so furious that the USC student section for throwing bottles on the field. #Clemson coach has every right to be infuriated with that. Even Carolina players reportedly (according to ESPN) are throwing the bottles back into the stands. @wis10
The stadium’s PA announcer asked fans to refrain from throwing trash onto the field, but only time will tell if they take heed as this game continues to spiral out of control.