The University of South Carolina took to Twitter this week to congratulate in-state rival Clemson on its national championship victory over Alabama.
The school tweeted Tuesday with a photo of the Clemson flag hanging over the South Carolina state capital building attached that it is “always an honor” to have their flag flying high on the South Carolina State House.
Tip of the hat to our friends at that school in the Upstate. Always an honor to have your school's flag fly atop the SC State House. pic.twitter.com/3fWFUUO2zJ
— U of South Carolina (@UofSC) January 10, 2017
Not surprisingly, it didn’t go over well with Gamecocks fans.
Most of the replies – presumably from fans – reacted negatively to the tweet, not wishing to congratulate their most bitter rival.
— James Martin (@JamesLeeFrom843) January 10, 2017
@UofSC isn't this a sin
— Dexter Morgan (@KovalchekxPF) January 10, 2017
@UofSC delete this account, and fire anyone who thought this was a good idea. Our administration clearly doesn't understand the rivalry
— Brendan Nagle (@doc_nagle) January 11, 2017
— Valley Gamecock (@le_valley_gmck) January 11, 2017
@UofSC Uh oh, looks like the Russians have hacked this twitter account. Please let us know when it's back in control of THE Univ. of SC
— PROUD AMERICAN (@PROUD_USCITIZEN) January 11, 2017
On the surface, it was a benign comment showing support for an in-state school. Upon further review, the part that likely stuck out the most for South Carolina fans was the latter half of the tweet.
“It’s always an honor to have your school’s flag fly atop the SC State House,” the school wrote.
Between each other, South Carolina has lost three straight to Clemson, including a 56-7 rout this past November. The Gamecocks had won the previous five in the series before the current streak.
Overall, Clemson leads the all-time series against South Carolina, 68-42-4.
But even worse for Gamecocks supporters is that their rival can now claim its second national championship.
Maybe they just shouldn’t have used the word “friends.” It’s clear that they aren’t.
(You can follow Dan Hancock on Twitter @danhancock1978)
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