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Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- USC head football coach Steve Spurrier has taken his share of Gatorade baths following monumental wins, but the "Ice Bucket Challenge" is something that hits home for the coach.

The challenge is part of the campaign to raise awareness of ALS, a a deadly disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

During his days with the San Francisco 49ers, Spurrier was a teammate of Matt Hazeltine and Gary Lewis. Both men lost their battle with ALS in their 40's. A third former 49er from the early 1960's, Bob Waters died in 1989 less than a month from his 51st birthday. All three had been on the 1964 San Francisco team prior to Spurrier's arrival and the coach talked about how tragic it was to have three men from that 1964 49ers team all stricken with Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has been accepted by coaches such as Bill Belichick s and Nick Saban. NASCAR driver Aric Almirola has also been hit with the cold water.

On Monday, Clemson's Dabo Swinney and the entire Tiger football team took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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