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VIDEO: Swinney blasts Spurrier, Gamecocks

Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 11:45 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It all started with this tweet, since deleted from what appears to be the official South Carolina football Twitter account


Why deleted? Because Steve Spurrier didn't actually say that on his postgame radio show, as @GamecockFB has since admitted (and apologized for). But a ripe, juicy Spurrier-style zinger like that one of course circled the whole Internet three times before the truth could get its boots on, and last night it came to roost in a post-practice press conference at Clemson, where Dabo Swinney was asked about it. Via, here's his classic reponse: 

We can't provide a full transcript for those of you who can't watch the video, because it's basically four straight minutes of pure, undiluted verbal venom sent in the direction of the 'Ol Ball Coach and his Gamecock program. But we will provide our five favorite zingers from Swinney's (calmly delivered) rant:
1. "That is kind of a childish thing to put out there, to be honest with you ... I would have to say I agree with him. He is right. They aren’t Clemson and they aren’t ever going to be Clemson, to be honest with you."

2. "You are looking at the best era in South Carolina football right now. They just had their second 10-win season, they won a championship in 1969 and the 2010 SEC East. And this rivalry – this is a lot more about domination rather than a rivalry and that’s a fact. My kids and grandkids probably won’t live long enough to see this become a rivalry.”

3. "I have respect for their program, but South Carolina is not Clemson. There are a lot of differences. This is a place that has won a national title, 17 conference championships and now two division titles. Heck, we have won more bowl games than they have even been to. ... That is reality."

4. "Coach Spurrier has been there for seven years, but after five years he only had 35 wins and got a new contract and all that kind of stuff. After five years at Clemson, if I have only 35 wins they will be looking for a new coach and they should be."

5. "That is why Carolina is in Chapel Hill, USC is in California and the university in this state, always has been and always will be: Clemson. You can print that. Tweet that.” 
From a neutral perspective, there's really only one response to that kind of smack: Damn.

But unfortunately for those of us hoping to see the Ol' Ball Coach go flamethrower himself and seriously kick this war of misattributed words into high gear, Spurrier took the high road Thursday night, saying "As long as the story gets straight, that’s fine with me. I am not mad with anybody."

That means we're probably going to see the heat between the two coaches get dialed back down rather than continue to heat up, but that's OK. Swinney's already given us -- and fans on both sides -- enough material to keep the Gamecocks-Tigers rivalry (already one of the zestier ones in the nation) at a fever pitch as long as he's in charge at Clemson.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2011 2:39 pm

VIDEO: Swinney blasts Spurrier, Gamecocks

First of all, whatever Steve Spurrier said or did not say about Clemson, Dabo Swinney fell for all the "BS" hook, line and sinker.  What Dabo should have said at his Thursday evening news conference when ask about Spurrier, was "no comment" period.  Instead, Swinney got caught up in making a bunch of comments about Spurrier and South Carolina.  I'm an ACC guy, but Swinney needed to stay focused on Clemson's game with Va. Tech for the ACC Championship.  Swinney had total control over making a comment or saying "no comment". Swinney, himself seems to be a little too cute as a Head Coach from time to time.  I know he is a young head coach and he will mature more with age, but he does not need to get caught up with "BS" like this one, especially when he expects his team to stay focused. I do think Swinney is a good coach, who loves Clemson and I certainly wish him well.

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2011 2:02 pm

VIDEO: Swinney blasts Spurrier, Gamecocks

It smells like the same desperation felt by Jack Leggett last year in the baseball series.  When Clemson coaches can't beat Carolina in something, they have to stir up a fire storm to deflect the attention.... or so they think.   I'm glad Dumbo believes that Clemson should fire him for only winning an average of 7 games per year because he will need that solice next season when he is gone.  Poor Dumbo. 

Since: Dec 3, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:00 pm

VIDEO: Swinney blasts Spurrier, Gamecocks

haha we comin for that ass next year too faggots, quote that, in "death valley" pleaseeee check the recruiting, check the conferences, usc is better right now, past is past. numbers dont tell the whole story wah wah 

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:44 am

VIDEO: Swinney blasts Spurrier, Gamecocks

I bet Spurrier is just laughing to himself. How easy it is to get ole Dabo to start shouting and screaming. Yall remember when Dabo started crying after he beat NC State last year? Yeah, NC State. A team they had beat 7 years straight until this year. Dude is something else. People mistake passion for hysteria. And for Dabo to claim a seat with the success of past Clemson coaches and bash SC, a team that has truly Dominated Dabo is truly insane. When Dabo starts to beat us, then he can talk. Tommy Bowden owned us, but we own Dabo. Period.

Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:52 am

VIDEO: Swinney blasts Spurrier, Gamecocks

Good ole dumbo winney...he should thank the god lord he got those two great players this year or he would be looking for a job himself...he should spend his time concerned with VT...

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:14 am

VIDEO: Swinney blasts Spurrier, Gamecocks

"we've won more bowl games than they've ever even been to" Laughing

can't wait to watch the ol' ball coach throw his cap around next year in death valley!

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:26 pm

VIDEO: Swinney blasts Spurrier, Gamecocks

one cannot blame swinney for getting all fired up about the question he was asked , not saying anything would have been his best move though. steve spurrier has made his career on snide remarks and jabs at other coaches and institutions. when at duke he talked smack about clemson under danny ford , then he went to gainsville and feasted on the likes of phil fulmer and bobby bowden , always nicking at them in the press. im not a believer in riling up the competition...and why would he ? to this point he is 3-1 on dabo and was , oh he was only 1-3 vs tommy bowden. i would bet that the quote was one of those thoughtless rambles of todd the tool anyway. ever listen to that homer call a carolina game ? he couldnt spell impartiality. anyway , go tigers . 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:08 pm

VIDEO: Swinney blasts Spurrier, Gamecocks

Swinny is such a red-neck dork.  He can't carry Spurrier's jock.  How many National titles has Swinny coached?  Check Steve's resume'

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:53 pm

VIDEO: Swinney blasts Spurrier, Gamecocks

Clemson was outcoached and year the game is at Clemson..action will speak louder than words

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