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Twin graduates now working for rival schools

“When you begin teaching at an institution, there are always students who stand out from the start,” says Associate Professor of Sport Management Dr. Laura Truell, who joined the Erskine College faculty in 2019. She was delighted to see two of her students, Adam and Andrew Weir, featured in the Greenwood Index-Journal Feb. 14.

“I walked into my first class at Erskine, and there sat twin brothers right in front,” she recalls. “They would be in my second class too. In fact, Adam and Andrew Weir would be in four classes with me that semester.”

The 2020 Sport Management graduates, who grew up in nearby Ninety Six, S.C., played Fleet Men’s Basketball at Erskine and are now affiliated with rival institutions—Adam employed on the men’s coaching staff at The Citadel and Andrew serving as assistant director of operations at Virginia Military Institute (VMI). The Citadel and VMI will play against each other in basketball Feb. 20, and the Weir brothers will be there on opposing sides.

Recalling that her biggest initial challenge with Adam and Andrew Weir was “trying to tell them apart,” Truell says, “It was obvious that they were very close and that they competed both with and against each other.”

The twins’ former professor believes the Feb. 20 game will be “a special occasion for both of them” and wishes them success in their careers.

“Who knows? Someday maybe I’ll get to see a ‘Weir War’ in person. That would be a joy!”

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