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Does Fred Thompson dislike South Carolina (football)?

September 18, 2007

September 17, 2007

Does Fred Thompson dislike South Carolina (football)?

Will college football impact the primary votes of South Carolinians?

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) — If there’s one thing that rivals presidential politics in South Carolina in the fall, it’s college football. In fact, between the two, college football probably triumphs.

So what happens when a presidential candidate’s college football allegiances conflict with those of football-crazy voters in early primary states?

It’s a question that former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson was faced with on his recent trip to Florida, which currently has its primary scheduled for January 29th.

According to The Politico, when Thompson was asked by a football fan whether he supports the Florida Gators or the Tennessee Volunteers, who played each other last weekend, Thompson said: “I’m too old to change now, I’ve been a Vol all my life … But, I’ll tell you what, we can both do our best to beat the ole ballcoach.”

The “ballcoach,” of course, is Steve Spurrier, the former Florida head coach that followers of Southeastern Conference football love to hate.

But now, Spurrier happens to be the head football coach at the University of South Carolina, whose football team is riding high at 3-0, ranked number 12 in the nation. South Carolina is also the primary state that has backed the eventual GOP nominee every year since Republicans started holding a primary here in 1980.

So if Thompson wants South Carolina to lose … what are Gamecock football fans to think?

According to one football fan, Bryce Murch of Columbia, “you just don’t say that.”

“Saying that in South Carolina is bad news,” he said.

Then again, most South Carolina fans CNN spoke to said that while the comment bothered them, it likely won’t affect their vote.

For the record, Thompson’s communications director Todd Harris told CNN that Thompson’s top two teams are Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

— CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2007 7:43 PM

    I UNDERSTAND THE ENVY AND JEALOUSY OF STEVE SPURRIER AS HE’S THE BEST COLLEGE COACH THERE IS BUT PLEASE DON’T BRING POLITICS TO FOOTBALL OR YOU COULD BE A LOSER LIKE THE VOLS IS TO SPURRIER IS SO MUCH OF THE TIME. GIVE HIM CREDIT AND FORGET THE JEALOUSNESSAS I’M SURE YOU HAVE PROBABLY WANTED HIM FOR A COACH AT SOMETIME IN THE LOSING YEARS TO HIM. THE VOLS WOULDN’T LOSE TO THE GATORS IF THEY HAD SPURRIER.

    A UNIVERSITY OF SC FAN

  2. September 18, 2007 7:46 PM

    I’M SURE YOU AHVE WANTED STEVE SPURRIER AT SOME TIME IN THE PAST WHILE LOSING TO THE GATORS .IF YOU HAD HIM YOU WOULD BEAT THE GATORS AND OTHERS MORE OFTEN. YOU’RE JUST JEALOUS AND UPSET AS YOUR COACH ISN’T UP TO BEATING THE GATORS. HE’S THE BEST COACH IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

  3. BostonBrewCock permalink
    September 20, 2007 4:38 AM

    I’m voting for Rudy! Go Cocks! Shock the World!

    Gamecock fan in Boston.

  4. Phillip Lindley permalink
    September 20, 2007 8:30 AM

    Hooray for Fred. Theses knuckleheads who think Spurrier is the 2nd coming thought the same thing about Lou Holtz, Jim Carlen, Paul Dietzel and the list goes on.

    Dalton and Tiger fan.

  5. EdistoCock permalink
    September 20, 2007 11:39 AM

    Sorry Fred….you had my vote till you mentioned the head ball coach. Looks like I’m going to have to vote for Ron Paul now. He’s the most conservative candidate, anyway……and he’s smart enough not to alienate the most loyal football fans in the country.

  6. Jason permalink
    September 20, 2007 12:27 PM

    While I wish Fred was a Carolina fan, but I understand his loyalty to his Vols. Hey he is a politician being honsty and loyal. I think that is what we need in the White House! Go Fred!!! GO GAMECOCKS!!!

  7. Sid Shillinglaw permalink
    September 20, 2007 3:32 PM

    This is just typical of fans of Carolina-South. Fan is short for the word “fanatics” and the full version probably describes fans from Carolina-South more than any. You’d think they were a college powerhouse that’s at the top of the rankings year after year. However, their big win over South Carolina State last week evened their alltime record to .500.

  8. Larry Sloan permalink
    September 20, 2007 5:16 PM

    Fred just got my vote. GO CLEMSON!!!!!

  9. Andrew permalink
    September 21, 2007 6:28 PM

    If you are willing to have someones views on football change your vote then you shouldn’t be allowed to vote. I’m sure that if he does get elected he isn’t going to have Steve Spurrier secretly moved to Guam.

  10. September 25, 2007 9:55 PM

    Check out the hit piece on Fred Thompson, including a few things the media never talks about. To read it go to thirdrailradio.blogspot.com

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