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Sports Clemson football fans beg Clemson fans to stop a certain Tigers cheer

21:51  16 september  2021
21:51  16 september  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Many Clemson football fans and alumni did not take too well to a new hand gesture that a few fans and students were seen holding up during Saturday's win over the South Carolina State Bulldogs.

a group of people jumping in front of a crowd: Fans signal fourth quarter after the third quarter Sep 11, 2021; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; at Memorial Stadium. © Ken Ruinard / staff, Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports Fans signal fourth quarter after the third quarter Sep 11, 2021; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; at Memorial Stadium.

What was supposed to resemble the famous tiger paw was seen as an "arthritic hand gesture" to at least one observer on Twitter.

The gesture came from a movement that started on Instagram by newer students of Clemson University to try to start a new tradition, according to student Wil Niesen.

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"By the looks of the reaction by the Clemson community, they may have bitten off a little more than they can chew," Niesen said.

Student Patrick Magroin said it was all in fun when he and friends thought it was funny to simulate a paw with their hands.

"University of Southern California, Texas State University, University of Tennessee, they've all got these hand signs — why don't we?" Magroin said. "Our brand is a paw."

He considered it a joke among his friends until it started getting traction and then #PawsUp became a thing.

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"We were never trying to change the culture," he said.

Once they starting seeing the feedback, it became less fun, Magroin said.

A few Clemson fans likened the paw gesture to the "woo hoo" fans are heard cheering at a certain point in the Tiger Rag fight song — and they didn't mean that in a good way. The "woo hoo" was not commonly cheered just a generation ago.

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This article originally appeared on Greenville News: Clemson football fans beg Clemson fans to stop a certain Tigers cheer

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