COLUMBIA -- Bitter in-state rivalries always bring out the best in the athletes. They also tend to bring out the worst in the fan bases.
Throughout the second quarter of Saturday's contest between the Gamecocks and Tigers, members of the USC student section hurled water bottles and a few wet towels onto the field.
"It's disappointing," head coach Dabo Swinney said after the game. "I know that is not representative of South Carolina."
It's been a common occurrence in big games at Williams-Brice when students become disgruntled. With no other recourse, except a plastic bottle filled with a beverage, a student will voice displeasure.
It will be addressed by the administration, Athletic Director Ray Tanner told SECCountry.com.
“The only thing I can tell you, throwing anything from the stands is unacceptable,” Tanner said. “That behavior is intolerable and it’s very few people that you’re talking about.
“It’s unacceptable behavior.”
Typically, officials will begin to penalize the team for the actions taken by fans. In this case, it was Swinney who got the whistle.
"They threw a flag on me because I came out of the box," Swinney said. "Not because of what I said but because I was out of the box."
After each time fans began throwing objects on the field, even South Carolina players were doing their best to stop them.