Bill would require USC, Clemson to play in football

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina and Clemson have played each other in football for each of the last 103 years.

A Lexington County lawmaker wants to make sure they keep playing each other.

Rep. Nathan Ballentine told The State newspaper that he is worried that conference expansion could lead the schools to drop their rivalry.

Both the Atlantic Coast Conference that Clemson belongs to and the Southeastern Conference where South Carolina plays are adding two new schools. Both leagues could require teams to play nine conference games each year, rather than the current eight.

Ballentine is worried the schools might drop the rivalry because of the reduced number of non-conference games they could play.

Officials at both schools say they would prefer that lawmakers stay out of the scheduling process.

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