Thursday, April 17, 2008

S.C. title games move to Clemson

On Wednesday, the S.C. High School League voted to move three of the state's high school football state championship games to Clemson. The games had been held at South Carolina's Williams Brice Stadium since 1997.

That decision has led to a lot of "discussion" in the state. Some folks are happy. Many are upset because the "Weekend of Champions" format at South Carolina was drawing well. Last year's event was attended by more than 30,000 fans.

Columbia is in the heart of South Carolina. Driving to Clemson would make a long commute for some teams. The S.C. message boards are lighting up.
The S.C. 2A, 3A and 4A games will be played at Clemson in December. The 1A game will remain in Orangeburg at S.C. State.

The S.C. High School League had received some pressure from members of the S.C. General Assembly to play the state title games outside Columbia. Clemson football coach Tommy Bowden has also lobbied for the games to be held on his campus.

In North Carolina, state title games are rotated between Raleigh (N.C. State), Chapel Hill (North Carolina) and Winston-Salem (Wake Forest).

"I think that's great," Rep. Dan Cooper, R-Anderson, told the Columbia State newspaper. "I think it will be good for (South Carolina to move the games) and good for the kids to get exposure to all the facilities. I think it will be a good deal for everyone involved."

Another thing I noticed:
The S.C. League also voted to allow high school football teams to hold up to seven spring practices in full pads, starting this spring. Those practices must occur between the last 30 days of school and the first two weeks after school ends.

Previously, players could only wear helmets and shoulder pads during the practices. Now after the first three days, where they may still only wear helmets and shoulder pads, they can go in full gear for the final four practices.

You all think North Carolina needs something like that?


Anonymous said...

Dan Cooper has it wrong. He's listening to the people he hangs out the Upstate.

This is a moronic decision made by an even more moronic group of legislators.

This is a poor state for the most part. We argue constantly about our educational situation and the "Corridor of Shame." But by all means let's move the state championships to the furtherest corner of the state causing schools and athletic departments to spend MORE money on gas, food, and rooms.

I shouldn't be surprised, though. This has been business as usual for centuries. They even debated getting the legislature involved in the final second of one of the state championship basketball games when a shot was made and then NOT made.

I'm running out of insults for our legislators.

pwbowen said...

Ridiculously stupid. Central location at a great facility that's not more than 2 hours away from any point of the state.
But hey, "Can't Win Ten" Tommy wants it in his backyard, so sure, why not?
Enjoy that roadtrip from Charleston or Myrtle Beach to the game.