In this way, by 1900, most of the universities were having football programs and competitions were also present with nearby institutions. The University of South Carolina played with Clemson University in 1902 when Clemson was defeated for the first time in 5 years. Upset by the celebrations of the celebrations of Carolina students, some of the candidates of Clemson tried to march towards the edge of the campus of Carolina (Lester,1995). On the other hand, barricades were directed by Carolina students and they also armed themselves with pistols. However violence was averted with great difficulty. However such confrontations were very rare but this incident reveals the significance of football in those times.
Similarly, the Thanksgiving Day game was also a prominent feature of most of the programs of college football during the early 1900s. As everywhere else, the yearly Thanksgiving Day game held in New York has also been mentioned by various writers as very significant for the rise of football (Sperber, 1993). Although it has been pointed out by some authors that it was only during the end of 1880s that the game started to be considered as a major social event, however it cannot be denied that the game proved to be a catalyst for creating widespread audience for football in college. The rise of football as a result of Thanksgiving day games in the popular consciousness has been mainly the result of sensationalist reporting in which the American newspapers indulged during the late 19th century (Chandler, 1996).