USC's Melvin Ingram pursues Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd during the 2011 USC-Clemson game. (Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A bill which would have mandated that USC and Clemson play their football game every year has been sacked in a subcommittee.
The Higher Education Subcommittee panel voted down the measure Wednesday morning.
State Representative Nathan Ballentine had proposed the bill to ensure that the annual rivalry game would remain intact, even if there was further realignment of college football's major conferences.
USC and Clemson, as fans know, play in the SEC and ACC, respectively. There has been some concern that if conferences such as the ACC and SEC add teams, they may eliminate more non-conference games, including long-standing rivalry games.
When Texas A&M moved to the SEC recently, they announced they would no longer annually play in-state rival Texas, which is part of the Big 12.