After 7 Sports first reported Monday that South Carolina High School League schools heard what SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton terms a ‘concept’ from Clemson to return the state football title games to Death Valley, the league’s membership received further details from the Clemson contingent at Tuesday’s annual meetings in Charleston.
According to a person familiar with the proceedings, Clemson’s projected offer is roughly $20,000 less than what it cost for three games to be played at the University Of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium this past season.
The Clemson idea, which suggests adding a variety of fan-based components to the weekend, also includes potentially being host to all five state title games, according to the source.
While all five state title contests have been played in Columbia in recent seasons, Williams-Brice Stadium has been host for the larger classifications while nearby Benedict College has been the site for smaller classifications.
The Clemson group also indicated to the SCHSL that they’re willing to engage in discussions to share or rotate a host roll for the championships with USC, Singleton confirmed.
The Clemson proposal requests avoiding games being played on the weekend of the ACC and SEC championships, usually the first full weekend in December, which has been congruent with when SCHSL state title games are held. In order to align their championship schedule with such a plan, the league would have to add a buffer week, likely after the end of the regular season.
As one example of how the Clemson proposal was received, we’re told the 5A classification voted to consider all proposals for state championship sites but voted down the idea of a buffer week.
The SCHSL Executive Committee will meet in April when it’s expected a final vote on where to play this year’s championship games will be taken, according to Singleton.