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  • Students pose in front the tiger made by the college of engineering before it is burned.

Tiger Burn

Few university events match the longstanding tradition of Tiger Burn, the annual pep rally held before the Carolina–Clemson football game.

New for Fall 2020

Miss the burn? Get your creative juices flowing with the 2020 Tiger Burn-themed Competitions!

Tiger Burn Design Competition

Presented by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

In the absence of our official Tiger Burn this year, ASME is switching things up and letting YOU be the designer! Enter a design for your own 30ft Tiger in the chance to see it built and burned at the NEXT Tiger Burn event! This will be a great competition not only to add to your resume, but to brag about at your next interview or just to your Clemson friends! You may work as a team or as an individual. Let us not let the state of the world dim our burn, let us be creative and keep the tradition alive! All of the competition details can be found below.

Please email somecheg@mailbox.sc.edu if you have any more questions. 

Tiger Eulogy Competition

One of the most memorable parts of the annual Tiger Burn event is the tiger’s eulogy delivered by one of our local faith leaders prior to the burn. This brief, tongue-in-cheek tribute provides the audience with a subtle nudge to our rivalry with Clemson while saying farewell to the tiger before it goes up in flames! Think you have what it takes to write the eulogy for next year’s blaze? Submit your homage to the tiger in the form below!
 Deadline for submissions: Friday, Nov. 6 at 5pm!


About Tiger Burn

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 UofSC cheerleaders and dance team, student performance groups and musical entertainment.

The Carolina-Clemson game has been played since 1896 and uninterrupted since 1909. The idea of the Tiger Burn was born out of a full-scale riot in 1902. That year, when South 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 UofSC mascot.

For more than 12 years, South Carolina's "tiger" has been designed and built by a group of students from the UofSC student 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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