What is the Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series?
The official story is that leadership from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA), the University of South Carolina and Clemson University all recognized the importance of fueling student athletes with fresh, healthy and delicious locally sourced food. They also understood that a partnership between the SCDA and the two schools would raise awareness for all South Carolinians about how purchasing Certified SC Grown products support local farms and farmers.
“We might not all agree on the playing fields, but there’s one thing Gamecocks and Tigers fans can all agree on, and that is what we grow in our fields,” said SCDA Commissioner, Hugh Weathers. “South Carolina has a rich tradition in both sports and agriculture, and we hope fans will come together and continue to select Certified SC Grown.”
Now, one of the most legendary rivalries in all of college sports has an official name.
The other official story is that, well, everyone just loves a healthy rivalry. Throughout the year, and as Carolina and Clemson compete against each other, each will earn points for a win and the overall winner will take home the coveted Palmetto Series trophy and bragging rights – until next year.
The Points System
The above point totals reflect competition up to today’s date. However, points can change based on future match-ups.
For a sport to count toward Palmetto Series points, both the Gamecocks and Tigers must either play head-to-head or in the same tournament or meet. One point will be awarded for each of the following sports:
- Basketball (men’s and women’s)
- Cross Country (women’s)
- Golf (men’s and women’s)
- Soccer (men’s and women’s)
- Tennis (men’s and women’s)
To determine which school is awarded the Palmetto Series trophy, the winning school in each sport earns one point – one point for a volleyball win, one point for a soccer win, one point for a basketball win, etc. However, multiple match-ups may take place, which could include the post-season. In addition, each school can also earn half a point. For example, if the Gamecocks win two out of three Carolina vs. Clemson baseball games, but Clemson wins two out of three in post-season play, both teams get a half a point. One point can also be earned for each of the following:
- By winning the annual food drive
- By having the higher average of the fall and spring student athlete GPAs