COLUMBIA, S.C. – Officials from Clemson University (search) and the University of South Carolina (search) say the teams will not accept postseason bowl bids (search) as punishment for a brawl during Saturday's game.
South Carolina athletics director Mike McGee said the actions were not consistent with the values, morals and ethics of the school.
"This decision will have a significant financial impact on USC athletics. We will also lose a month of prebowl practice — it was a decision that had to be made," McGee said.
The brawl broke out with 5:48 to go. It started when Tigers defensive lineman Bobby Williamson took down South Carolina quarterback Syvelle Newton and appeared to linger too long on top of him.
South Carolina's Lou Holtz, coaching his last game with the Gamecocks, and Clemson coach Tommy Bowden tried to break things up. Eventually, security and police officers were needed to restore order.
Clemson won the game 29-7.