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Gamecocks Apologize for Damage to Bulldogs’ Hedges

Andy Berg

The University of South Carolina had some apologizing to do Sunday morning but not for their double-overtime win over Georgia. 

USC athletic director Ray Tanner contacted his UGA counterpart Greg McGarity on Sunday afternoon to apologize for damage done to Sanford Stadium's treasured ornate hedges, which some USC players tore off and clenched between their teeth.

“Ray just apologized for those actions,” McGarity told DawgNation. “We sure don’t do that when we win at an opponents’ venue under Kirby’s leadership.”

The hedges are historic green bushes that surround Vince Dooley football field at Sanford Stadium.

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and several USC players were seen carrying souvenir pieces of the storied hedges, which ESPN called the “most famous shrubs in sports.”

According to DawgNation, Saturday was the 90th birthday of the legendary hedges, which made their debut on Oct. 12, 1929, for a game between Georgia and Yale.

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