The success of the Clemson Tigers will be determined whether or not they make the national championship. They have one more hurdle in facing Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game, but that shouldn’t be much of a problem. The Tigers ended the regular season with a 56-7 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks, but it didn’t come without any pregame controversy.
South Carolina linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams accused Clemson players of using the N-word before the game, but was unable to identify the player. Allen-Williams went on to say, “We are going to get our get-back. We definitely have this game circled next year. They disrespected us. We are waiting 365 days to get this team back. They did a lot of disrespectful things on the field. We are on a mission. We are definitely going to be ready.”
South Carolina wide receiver Terry Googer also tweeted, “Never thought I would hear so many racial slurs in my life!! Classless is not a strong enough word to describe these actions!”
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney believes his team when they say no such incident ever happened. Swinney commented on the situation by saying, “I was made aware of that. Obviously everyone is talking about it. That’s a shame. Absolutely I asked my guys about that. To a man, absolutely false. I believe my guys. I know the character of our team and that’s really all there is to say about it.”
South Carolina football tickets against Clemson are always valuable since it is a big inter-state rivalry, but next year’s battle just got a little more interesting. Clemson has beaten South Carolina in the last three meetings of this heated rivalry.