South Carolina interim coach Shawn Elliott has a lot of fond memories when it comes to the South Carolina-Clemson rivalry.
He grew up in Camden, S.C., and attended a handful of those games at Williams-Brice Stadium. The 1989 meeting stands out in his memory, though, and for good reason.
Elliott, then a senior in high school, was kicked out of that game, a 45-0 win for Clemson.
“As a fan growing up, we were thrown out of Williams-Brice Stadium,” Elliott recalled. “We got too rowdy with the Clemson fans. I was with some buddies and we were just there talking and having a good time … That’s another memory I had. They’re all different and all such great experiences.”
Not all of Elliott’s memories about South Carolina-Clemson games involve early exits.
Elliott pinpointed the 2010 game at Clemson as probably his fondest memory.
The game was Elliott’s first as a member of Steve Spurrier’s coaching staff. The Gamecocks won 29-7, and he had plenty to brag about afterward among his friends who are Clemson fans.
“We were up at their place, and (I had a lot of experiences) over the years, but never as a coach preparing for one,” Elliott said. “It was just a real emotional day. I’ve got a lot of great Clemson friends, and boy were they ragging on me and I was ragging back. But I had the opportunity to get the last phone call in late that evening.
“It was a fun one. They’re all great and they’re all different in their own right.”