Houston Forward Times

01 July 2014 Written by  Nicholas A. Norman

Texas A&M and USC could pass new trophy starting this season

The first major game of the 2014 college football season features Texas A&M and South Carolina. The Aggies and the Gamecocks will meet in Columbia, S.C. on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. 

It’s the first matchup of the two schools since Texas A&M joined the SEC, meaning it’s also the first bout between Aggies’ coach Kevin Sumlin and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. The Old Ball Coach is known to have one of the biggest mouths in college football, but Sumlin said today that he’s noticed his colleague hasn’t said much about his team this offseason. Sumlin thinks he knows why that is the case, too.

“Coach Spurrier has been really quiet this summer...which means that he thinks South Carolina is going to be really good.”

James Butler Bonham, the University of South Carolina-educated hero of the Alamo, will adorn a trophy that could be exchanged by the Gamecocks and Texas A&M starting this fall, according to a former S.C. Republican party leader working with governors in both states.

The bronze sculpture, depicting Bonham on a horse headed back to the Alamo, is slated to be traded between USC and Texas A&M when they start their annual Southeastern Conference football games on Aug. 28 at Williams-Brice Stadium, said Katon Dawson, a former S.C. Republican party boss who chaired Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 2012 presidential run in South Carolina.

The trophy will be unveiled at a party on the night before the Gamecocks and Aggies play in a nationally televised game, Dawson said. Perry, a 2016 presidential prospect who is visiting the state Tuesday and Wednesday for local fundraisers, is planning to come to the game.

For Gamecock fans, the trophy would become the third up for grabs each year, joining the Hardee’s Trophy with Clemson and the Mayor’s Cup with Missouri.

Texas A&M fans should like the new Lone Star State-tinged rivalry since the Aggies had to cut ties with other Texas schools after leaving the Big 12 conference to join the Southeastern Conference in 2012, Campbell said.

“I think this will work,” he said.