Michigan and South Carolina players went bowling on Wednesday and almost capped it with some brawling.
According to tweets and video of the scene, the Gamecocks won the friendly bowling match before some words were exchanged between the two teams set to meet in the Outback Bowl at noon ET on Jan. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Police had to get in the middle as players yelled at each other.
There was clearly some shoving, but no punches thrown. According to a Wolverines player, the Gamecocks started the verbal argument.
Florida Highway Patrol just had to get in the middle of a post-bowling Michigan-South Carolina scurmish. No punches thrown, but plenty of words said.
— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) December 28, 2017
Michigan and South Carolina players jawing at an Outback Bowl bowling event. pic.twitter.com/97FFXZKoxk
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) December 28, 2017
Things got heated between UM-S Carolina players after bowling. A UM player said S Carolina players "started talking trash" pic.twitter.com/1Js7R5UlvQ
— angelique (@chengelis) December 28, 2017
— Isaiah Hole (@isaiahhole) December 28, 2017
The game between the Wolverines (8-4) and the Gamecocks (8-4) will be televised on ESPN2.