CLEMSON — In anticipation of the football game between Clemson University and the University of South Carolina, Clemson students will lay USC’s Cocky to rest in a mock funeral service at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, on the lawn of Littlejohn Coliseum. The event is free and open to the public.

The “funeral” will begin with a pep rally featuring the Rally Cats, the cheerleaders, the Tiger mascot and Tiger Band. University President James F. Barker will be on hand and the a cappella group Tigeroar will perform.

Col. Sandy Edge, former Air Force ROTC commander and director of the College of Business and Behavioral Science Academic Advising Center, will deliver the eulogy for Cocky, and members of Tiger Platoon will serve as pallbearers for Cocky’s casket.

Student Alumni Council, which is sponsoring the event, will have T-shirts available for sale. 

“This will be a great way to kick off the week leading up to the game,” said Student Alumni Council adviser Stewart Summers. “We encourage all Tiger fans to come out and get excited about the rivalry game. Fans can stick around for the basketball game against Winthrop afterwards and enjoy a fun evening at Clemson.”