COLUMBIA, S.C. — Before exiting the media room on Saturday night, South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner was asked about the in-game conduct of the student section.
At several points during the first half of South Carolina’s 34-10 loss to Clemson at Williams-Brice Stadium, students threw objects onto the field. Multiple pleas for students to refrain from throwing objects onto the field were made during the game by the public address announcer.
Tanner offered a general comment to SEC Country after the game.
“The only thing I can tell you, throwing anything from the stands is unacceptable,” he said. “That behavior is intolerable and it’s very few people that you’re talking about.
“It’s unacceptable behavior.”
Tanner said “it will be addressed” by the university’s athletic department.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the South Carolina students’ conduct.
Dabo Swinney on the South Carolina student section throwing things on the field at his players: "it was disappointing. I know that's not representative of South Carolina. It's dangerous. At some point, the refs got to do something about that. I lost my cool." #Clemson @wachfox pic.twitter.com/kxDt9B1yfh
— Matt Dowell (@TheMattDowell) November 26, 2017
Dabo on student section: "It was disappointing. That's not representative of South Carolina."
— WIS News 10 (@wis10) November 26, 2017
— Bart Boatwright (@bartboat) November 26, 2017
Swinney was penalized during the game after complaining to officials about students throwing bottles onto the field, according to ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe.