2017 Tiger Burn Pep Rally
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 – Greene Street Intramural Fields
Gates open at 6 p.m. and show begins at 6:30 p.m.
Tiger lighting at 7 p.m.
2017 Tiger Burn Pep Rally poster [pdf]
A South Carolina rivalry goes aflame.
The annual pep rally, which also features a tongue-and-cheek eulogy, is attended by
both students and alumni. The show also includes members of football coaching staff
and team, Cocky, the USC cheerleaders and dance team, student performance groups and
The Carolina-Clemson game has been played since 1896 and uniterrupted since 1909. The idea of the Tiger Burn was born out of a full-scale riot in 1902. That year,
when Carolina scored an upset victory, Clemson students became angry about a drawing
of a gamecock crowing over a beaten tiger. Eventually, both sides agreed to burn the
poster in an effort to defuse tensions, but the fighting cemented the gamecock as
the USC mascot.
For more than 12 years, South Carolina's "tiger" has been designed and built by a
group of students from the USC chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Previous tigers have included moving parts on a body that has extended into the night
sky more than 30 feet.
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