After seeing the Tiger Tear Down, how do you think the tradition should continue in the future?
- SB, Columbia,
Too soon to talk about footbal traditions now, since the "Beatdown Tigers" defeated USC.
- RS, Gilbert
As a country we seem to want to dwell on certain tragedies. I think it's time to move on. It was a very respectful thing they did this year to not burn the tiger however we have to move on. I think we should return to the tradition that has been there for many many years. You can't keep stepping around things that have happened or you'll never get anywhere. It's time to let the families heal, the university heal and head into the future without dwelling on the past.
- ME, Garden City
The tradition is to burn The Tiger. Why change it now. Go Gamecocks
- DT, West Columbia
The "tiger tear-down" is not a tradition - yet. The "tiger burn" is the tradition - or at least it was. And I contend that its discontinuation, along that of a similar tradition at Clemson, is an over-reaction to a tragedy that had nothing whatsoever to do with these events. Rather, I believe that the changes in the existing traditions were provoked by fear among administrators at both Universities of how these events would play in the Press if they remained unchanged. And I say that's too bad.
- KP, West Col'a
I found the "tear down" tasteful in light of the horrible fire earlier this year. I believe it would be up to both schools to make a firm decision on changing tradition. However, what I found appalling is that both universities were respectful of those who lost their lives while your newscast consistently reminded its audience of the reason for the change. Showing footage of the fire and then going back to show that the lot had been cleared is extremely disrespectful. I feel sure that this tragedy needs no reminder and the families and friends involved would just like to put the horrible scenes behind theme. I knew no one involved, yet this is just poor journalism!!! I'm embarassed for those of us who share the field