Governor Nikki Haley has made friendly wagers with her counterparts in Nebraska and West Virginia, whose flagship universities are playing South Carolina and Clemson in bowl games next week.
“We couldn’t be more confident to put Lowcountry shrimp and grits on the line because we know the Tigers and Gamecocks are going to make us proud,” Haley said in a statement Friday.
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has put Omaha steaks on the line for the Cornhuskers’ game against South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. West Virginia’s Earl Ray Tomblin has bet a “basket of goodies ” that the Mountaineers will beat Clemson at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
“The only thing I look forward to more than the excitement of cheering the Mountaineers on to victory… will be enjoying the fine South Carolina culinary treats I will receive, courtesy of Gov. Haley,” Tomblin said.
“I’m looking forward to sharing shrimp and grits with friends,” Heineman said.
Haley, a Clemson grad, is 2-for-2 in previous wagers. She won a key lime pie from Florida Gov. Rick Scott after the Gamecocks won the College World Series, and claimed a Virginia ham after Clemson defeated Virginia Tech to win the ACC Championship in football. She donated both to the Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia.