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The University of South Carolina's 19 varsity sports teams are known as the "Gamecocks". The unique moniker is held in honor of Thomas Sumter, a South Carolina war hero who was given the name "The Carolina Gamecock" during the American Revolution for his fierce fighting tactics, regardless of his physical stature or the size of his regiment. A British General commented that Sumter "fought like a gamecock." While the men have traditionally been the Fighting Gamecocks and the women were previously the Lady Gamecocks, this distinction was discontinued in part to help eliminate gender bias in their athletic department, and to discount the oft-held misconception that their mascot is meant to honor/promote animal bloodsport in any way.
The Clemson–South Carolina rivalry, also called the Carolina-Clemson rivalry, the The Battle of the Palmetto State, or The Palmetto Bowl, is an American college rivalry between the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and the Clemson University Tigers. Both institutions are public universities supported by the state of South Carolina, and their campuses are separated by only 132 miles. USC and Clemson have been bitter rivals since the 1880s, and a heated rivalry continues to this day for a variety of reasons, including the historic tensions regarding their respective charters and the passions surrounding their athletic programs.
Both universities are members of premier collegiate athletic conferences: South Carolina is in the Southeastern Conference (SEC); Clemson is in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Marcus Lattimore (born October 29, 1991) is an American football running back for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). Lattimore played college football for the University of South Carolina. The San Francisco 49ers chose him in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.