Clemson mascot brings championship trophy to Columbia

An excited crowd greeted The Tiger at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Allen Wallace photos.

The central color in the decor at Dick’s Sporting Goods is green, but Saturday in Columbia orange and purple took over.

The Columbiana Station location hosted the 2018 CFP National Championship Trophy and The Tiger, Clemson’s official mascot, and fans of the Upstate school flocked to the store for a chance for photos.

“It’s not always easy to be a Tiger fan here in Columbia,” said Breanna Garrett as she waited with her family in line for pictures with The Tiger and the trophy. “We had to come out and represent.”

The visit to the capital city was the third stop on the National Championship Trophy tour hosted throughout South Carolina by Dick’s Sporting Goods. The Tiger visited Myrtle Beach and Mt. Pleasant earlier in the week. Store officials said the Columbia crowd was the biggest yet.

Gamecock fans were not forgotten, as some of the store’s employees dressed in their garnet and black best even on the tiger-centric day.

The tour continues next week with stops in Greenville and Anderson. More information is available at

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