South Carolina and North Carolina will do battle in Charlotte on Thursday night, and it appears they will play there twice more in the coming years.
“We’re very close on a deal for at least two more games,” Charlotte Sports Foundation executive Will Webb toldCharlotteObserver.com‘s David Scott.
Thursday’s game — and future contests — will take place at Bank of America Stadium, where the NFL’s Carolina Panthers play their home games.
The teams have not met since 2013 in Columbia, S.C., where South Carolina defeated North Carolina, 27-10, on the strength of 12 carries and 115 yards from Gamecocks running back Mike Davis.
On Aug. 5 of this year, UNC coach Larry Fedora told NewsObserver.com’s Andrew Carter that the rivalry is “good for our program,” and added, “I like playing that game in Charlotte.”
The last meeting in the state of North Carolina took place in 2007, when No. 7 South Carolina took down the Tar Heels, 21-15. The win pushed the Gamecocks to 6-1 and the No. 6 ranking in the country. But South Carolina lost its final five games to finish 6-6.
Heated rivals in the ‘70s and ‘80s, the two schools did not play between 1992 and 2006. North Carolina holds a 34-18-4 all-time series advantage.
— By Alex M. Smith, Special for The Atlanta Journal-Consitution