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New trophy game for Texas A&M and South Carolina coming this fall

South Carolina Spring Football

Maryland is already hard at work cooking up some potential trophy games in the Big Ten, but there could also be a new trophy game making its way to the SEC this season. Texas A&M and South Carolina are going to open up the college football season on a Thursday night in week one and the winner will get a brand new trophy.

The details shared in a story by GoGamecocks suggest the trophy will depict former South Carolina student James Butler Bonham on a horse heading back to the Alamo. Who is James Butler Bonham you ask? Pull out your notebooks, because it is time for a brief history lesson. Per GoGamecocks;

Bonham is considered the romantic hero of the 1836 Texas battle for leaving the Alamo to get help and returning through enemy lines despite knowing the large force of Mexican soldiers would attack soon. He insisted on telling fort commander William Travis, a fellow Saluda County native, who had asked Bonham to join Texas’ fight for independence, that the fort would not receive assistance, historians say.

The trophy was the idea of politicians from South Carolina and Texas, naturally. Katon Dawson, a former South Carolina Republican party leader has a connection with Texas governor Rick Perry after working on Perry’s presidential campaign in 2012. Perry and South Carolina governor Nikki Haley have been collaborating on the trophy. It was Dawson who nudged Perry to introduce the idea to Haley. Dawson shed the light on the new trophy and suggested Perry will be on hand for the grand unveiling of the trophy in the days leading up to the season and SEC opener in Columbia, South Carolina.

Texas A&M and South Carolina will play in primetime on Thursday, August 28 to open the 2014 season. There is no real history between the two programs, but the two schools are now cross-division rivals under the new SEC conference scheduling format.

Helmet sticker to Saturday Down South.

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6 Responses to “New trophy game for Texas A&M and South Carolina coming this fall”
  1. irishdodger says: Jul 2, 2014 2:35 PM

    Forced rivalries are kind of silly but no harm in doing this. TAMU & USCe have much better natural rivalries elsewhere.

  2. tgaustin says: Jul 2, 2014 2:43 PM


  3. borisgv says: Jul 2, 2014 2:43 PM

    The “Who Cares” Trophy i.e, the winner between the 9th and 11th best programs in the conference.

  4. classyjacklambert says: Jul 2, 2014 6:59 PM

    This should be called the “2012-2013 relevance trophy” to mark the short period of time these programs mattered.

  5. clemsonstillsucks says: Jul 2, 2014 10:54 PM

    C’mon Jack – we both know Clemson will be lucky to be relevant at years end.

  6. sportsguy3434 says: Jul 3, 2014 8:22 AM

    I think an equally relevant trophy would be Rex Ryan riding a horse wearing a Sanchez jersey with Sanchez on the back wearing a Gen Smith jersey…

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