Clemson vs. Carolina rivalry... Has it gone too far?
Marie a former Carolina cheerleader holds a poster of her along with the teams mascot Cocky
Philip is a former Clemson linebacker who played for the tigers until he graduated in 2005.
By: Amanda Bishop
The Clemson-Carolina rivalry is one of the fiercest in the country. Dating back to the first Palmetto Bowl in 1886, the rivalry has not only divided the state, but even some families.Some believe the rivalry has gone too far after recent vandalism incidents on both campuses, .
Philip and Marie Dieckmann understand how the rivalry can affect a family all too well. The two were married in 2009. Philip is a former Clemson linebacker and Marie, a former Carolina cheerleader.
“For the most part, the actual schools themselves and the athletic teams treat the rivalry healthy. It’s when you get into the fans, that’s where it crosses over from being something that’s healthy and can turn into something that’s unhealthy” said Philip
Recent vandalism is what has really put this rivalry in the spotlight. In 2013, a chunk of Howard’s Rock was stolen and for the past two years, someone has snuck into Williams Brice Stadium and painted a tiger paw on the field.
Marie says that some fans have taken the so-called fun to an unacceptable level. “I think there are certain traditions that can be goofy and fun, but I think vandalism crosses the line.”
The couple has promised each other to always keep the rivalry between them fun, and not so serious.
Philip hopes Clemson can redeem themselves when the two teams play again November 29 at Death Valley.