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Eyewitness to the Clemson-S. Carolina Pigskin Rivalry

— by on November 29th, 2011

Brent Breedin, of the Washington and Lee Class of 1947, enjoyed a long career in newspapers, sports information, and the corporate and political world. The South Carolina native now lives in Columbia, S.C., and recently gave an interview to the Columbia newspaper, The State, about the legendary rivalry between the football teams of Clemson University (for which he worked as sports information director) and the University of South Carolina. It was published on Thanksgiving Day, two days before the Tigers and Gamecocks played their 103rd consecutive game. You can read the feature story here.

Among Brent’s many vivid memories dates to 1956, when he was working for Hunt Petroleum. He had to travel to Pakistan on business and arrived back in Columbia only the day before the game. “I didn’t have a ticket,” he told the paper, “but I went to the stadium and was standing outside when (Clemson assistant coaches) Banks McFadden and Carl Wise came by on their way to the coaches’ box in the press box. They said, ‘Come on with us,’ and I got in that way and watched from the coaches’ box.”

Unfortunately for Brent and other Clemson fans, the Tigers lost, 34-13, to the Gamecocks on Nov. 26. There’s always next year.