Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Clemson vs. Carolina: News and views

We're getting closer to the big rivalry game on Saturday. Here's what's going on:

The cousin connection to the big game: Clemson's Andre Ellington and South Carolina's Bruce Ellington.

• Will a night game favor Clemson against USC? History says it will.

• Clemson's recent slide could be blamed on the lost recruiting class of 2009.

The Post and Courier's Gene Sapakoff says this has been Dabo Swinney's best year at Clemson, and Steve Spurrier's best year at South Carolina.

• Here's another good review for State of Disunion, the new book about the Tigers-Gamecocks rivalry that I highlighted on Monday.

• Did you know that in 1952 the South Carolina State Legislature passed a bill requiring Clemson and USC to play annually? Now you do.

• Athlon has good look at the history behind the rivalry.

• And finally, hip sports website Grantland invites the editors of the student newspapers at Clemson and USC to write about Saturday's game.

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