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Swinney and Spurrier continue to provide bulletin board material for each other, and it is awesome

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Say what you will about some of the great rivalries around college football, but the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry is never short for words. This bowl season has certainly not been an exception.

While being presented with the Orange Bowl trophy following Clemson’s wild victory over Ohio State in Miami Friday night, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney took the opportunity to poke fun at South Carolina’s lack of BCS success.

“We’re the first team from South Carolina to ever win a BCS bowl!” Swinney said on the trophy stage. He is right, of course. Clemson’s Orange Bowl victory was the first by either Clemson or South Carolina in the BCS era. Of course, Swinney could have gone the extra measure by making note that the Gamecocks have yet to even play in a BCS bowl game — South Carolina has never played in any of the BCS bowl games in program history for that manner — while Clemson played in their second in three seasons.

His comments come just days after South Carolina celebrated a victory in the Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin. Head coach Steve Spurrier got the first opportunity to poke fun at the in-state rivals from Clemson by saying winning two Capital One Bowl games in three years was nice, but “that state championship ain’t bad either.” He was referring to the Gamecocks’ victory over Clemson to close out the regular season, a 31-17 victory and the fifth straight against the Tigers in the series.

Spurrier and Swinney will continue to exchange verbal jabs for as long as they coach at their respective schools, and that is what makes college football so much fun at times. Players and fans buy in to it to add even more year-long passion to the rivalry. This is so much fun.

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43 Responses to “Swinney and Spurrier continue to provide bulletin board material for each other, and it is awesome”
  1. jbusch415 says: Jan 4, 2014 2:04 PM

    ahh bunch of hicks being hicks, how cute

  2. drummerhoff says: Jan 4, 2014 2:06 PM

    If Swinney’s team played Spurrier’s team 10 times, they both win fiv… Eh never mind, When was the last time Clemson beat SC?

  3. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Jan 4, 2014 2:09 PM

    I love little barbs like this and want more of them in college football. Awesome stuff.

  4. tomhayes83 says: Jan 4, 2014 2:20 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks Swinney looks like the neighbor guy on ‘Married With Children’?

  5. fanasaurus says: Jan 4, 2014 2:24 PM

    Simply put, SEC > ACC. Clemson would not do so well in the rough and tumble SEC!

  6. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 4, 2014 2:29 PM

    Fanasaurus- Clemson would do just fine. You SEC cans said the same thing about Mizzou and look what they did this year.

  7. ironman721 says: Jan 4, 2014 2:35 PM

    Too bad Clemson can’t beat South Carolina.

  8. ironman721 says: Jan 4, 2014 2:41 PM

    Sweeney is 1-4 vs the Gamecocks. Scoreboard = ultimate smack talk.

  9. ironman721 says: Jan 4, 2014 2:43 PM

    Sorry 1-5…. Pathetic!

  10. gatorprof says: Jan 4, 2014 2:52 PM

    Nice win for Clemson, congrats.

    Dabo is an idiot for talking a shot at Spurrier, especially after being dominated by SC this year and having a 1-5 record against him.

  11. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 4, 2014 2:55 PM

    North Dakota State, a I-AA team, beat Kansas State by 3 points this season. Oklahoma beat Kansas State by 10. Therefore, Oklahoma would beat North Dakota State by 7. Oklahoma beat Alabama by 14. Therefore, North Dakota State – again, a I-AA team – would beat Alabama, the pride of the “mighty” SEC, by a full touchdown. How much more pathetically overhyped can the SEC get?

  12. 4ever2theeusc says: Jan 4, 2014 3:06 PM

    Spurrier was pointing out that the BEST South Carolina team was not invited to a BCS bowl due to “stupid BCS conference KINDERGARTEN fairness rules” instead of inviting the BEST teams….that would make way too much sense! This is why they are doing away with the absurd BCS system!! South Carolina outranked and defeated two teams that got BCS game invites over them: Clemson (beaten by SC for 5th year in a row for those who don’t already know :) and UCF who won their BCS game too. Carolina also beat Missouri who is the prestigious Cotton Bowl champs this year. All Dabo’s comment really does for those who know the full story is point out (1)how good the GAMECOCKS were, (2)the SEC is again the best overall conference with the most teams in the top 5, 10, and 25 AGAIN this year, and (3)what a joke the BCS was for even giving Clemson a chance to play. First team to win in SC? ..sure….BEST TEAM IN SC OR DESERVING of the shot?….NO WAY! Go GAMECOCKS!! Keep Dabo making a fool of himself with his ignorant comments to try to inflate his overrated and fortunate to be in the lame ACC football conference.

  13. klownboy says: Jan 4, 2014 3:15 PM

    Gotta love this smack talk. Both Dabo and the Ol Ball Coach are awesome for college football!
    http://wp.me/1gCK6

  14. afrancis55 says: Jan 4, 2014 3:32 PM

    Dabo swinney acts like a drunken frat boy on the sidelines and in post game interviews.

    But then again he graduated from Alabama so what do you expect

  15. dcviking says: Jan 4, 2014 3:46 PM

    Spurrier does make me laugh and always has.

    However, it is funny that once upon time you couldn’t spell Citrus without UT, but now winning the Capital One bowl twice in three years is nice.

    And yeah, I get he was setting him up for the punch line…

  16. auburntigers34 says: Jan 4, 2014 3:49 PM

    Spurrier> Dabo……by a long shot.

  17. jagtiger says: Jan 4, 2014 3:49 PM

    Clemson: just another ACC team!

  18. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 4, 2014 3:53 PM

    Spurrier is funny. Dabo seems drunk too often in his interviews. Leach is funny. Miles speaks another language and is funny. Get them all together in a room and you’ll have bedlam.

    babyfarkmcgeezax says:
    Jan 4, 2014 2:55 PM

    Based on your stupidity: LSU beat Auburn; Auburn beat Alabama, LSU would beat Alabama, right? Wrong. LSU lost to Alabama this season. Dumb, faulty reasoning, disproven by reality.

  19. willzombier says: Jan 4, 2014 4:00 PM

    Beating OSU and Urban, is deserving of a pat on the back. Getting invited to a BCS bowl because of affirmative action between the conferences isn’t.

  20. classyjacklambert says: Jan 4, 2014 4:03 PM

    Both are really good coaches that have done a great job with their respective programs. It seems like the gamecocks are often the less consistent of the two, they beat great teams like Clemson and Missouri, but underachievers against programs they should dominate like Tennessee and a lackluster Georgia team this year. Clemson on the other hand has performed almost in a scripted manner over the past two seasons, only losing to the gamecocks and FSU during that span and obtaining two impressive bowl wins. The gamecocks almost seem to play to the level of their opposition. They win and lose closely, while the tigers only know one level. Both fan bases have a lot to be proud of and I doubt anyone would want to switch places at this point.

  21. clemsonmatt says: Jan 4, 2014 4:10 PM

    Teams that deserve to be in BCS games don’t choke to crap teams like Tennessee. USC ended up right where they deserved to be, in the second tier of bowls. At least Clemson’s two losses were to good teams, even if that last one has a tendency to “Pull a Chicken” and lay an egg against a Vanderbilt or Tennessee every year.

  22. pike573 says: Jan 4, 2014 4:53 PM

    I love when people use the transitive property for college football. OU was beaten by UT by 16 and UT was beaten by Ole Miss by 19. So that means Ole Miss should beat OU by 35?

    Yeah, no…

  23. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 4, 2014 5:15 PM

    I’m just glad this BCS crap is over and done with. Anytime you have “automatic qualifiers”…and this isn’t intended as a dis to Clemson…the overall true result gets diluted. While the BCS concept may have given some semblance of a shot to some of the historic under dogs, it wound up being a system that kept a national championship just outside several teams grasp. I am referring to the undefeated Boise States of the last decade (although not last year’s Ohio State).

    I am hoping that this move towards a true national champ playoff will allow this teams who truly deserve to play for it an opportunity to do so.

    I think the USC – Clemson rivalry exhibits what college football is about, from (the vast majority) of the fans to the schools, the players, and the coaches themselves.

    Congratulations to the Tigers on their bowl win in a fun to watch game. To you Ohio State fans…you can find Brutus in Clemson’s litter box sometime this afternoon.

  24. astroturf27 says: Jan 4, 2014 5:19 PM

    I dont know just seems like clemson is a paper tiger, got beat down by Jameis and south carolina. Although they showed up yesterday

  25. classyjacklambert says: Jan 4, 2014 5:39 PM

    They lost to South Carolina but it wasn’t a beat down. It was tied halfway through the fourth. When the gamecocks went up seven, Clemson got panicked and made mistakes that cost them another score. Actually Clemson out gained the gamecocks but just got killed on the turnover battle. It was decisive but not lopsided.

  26. jrs45 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:13 PM

    When was the last time one was in a national championship?

  27. classyjacklambert says: Jan 4, 2014 6:33 PM

    1981.

  28. waynefontes says: Jan 4, 2014 6:42 PM

    jrs45 says:
    Jan 4, 2014 6:13 PM
    When was the last time one was in a national championship?
    —————————————————

    When was the last time Ohio State beat a team from the state of South Carolina in a bowl?

    Never.

    0-4. D’oh.

  29. jrs45 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:48 PM

    1 Natl Title between the two……D’oh!

  30. waynefontes says: Jan 4, 2014 6:49 PM

    Ohio State has never beaten an SEC team in a bowl game…. D’oh!

  31. jrs45 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:50 PM

    What does Ohio have to do with anything? Wayne Fontes??? Isn’t he from Canton, Ohio???

  32. waynefontes says: Jan 4, 2014 6:53 PM

    Why is an Ohio State fan trolling on a board that has nothing to do with Ohio State?

    I’m surprised you didn’t chant SEC, SEC, SEC since that’s usually the best you can come up with.

    Ohio State is a great football program with a great history, no one would deny that.

    But when you flame away on a post that has nothing to do with Ohio State, you should expect to be reminded of Ohio State’s MANY shortcomings.

  33. jrs45 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:59 PM

    2-0 vs Tex A&M in bowl games…..just trolling like you guys.

  34. southernpatriots says: Jan 4, 2014 7:00 PM

    waynefontes: Thank you.

    I want to wish you

    a Peaceful and Prosperous 2014!

  35. vols84 says: Jan 4, 2014 7:01 PM

    I seem to remember the Ole Ball Coach calling out the vols by saying you can’t spell Citrus without UT. Seems Ole Ball Coach is awfully proud of his Citrus Bowl mainstay.

  36. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 4, 2014 7:32 PM

    That was back when Tennessee was a national contender, and the bowl itself had more significance. Tennessee’s situation is primarily just a result of parity in both the conference and FBS football overall. The bowl situation is a result of there just being too damn many bowls.

    If one stops and looks at the calendar, there is plenty of time to do a true national playoff system between the end of the regular season and the second week in January.

  37. conwayallday says: Jan 4, 2014 8:19 PM

    SC fans love to insult the ACC but they don’t mention they were in the ACC for 3 decades and got stomped in it. They got lucky in 1969 that all the other teams protested football and war in favor of LSD and herbage. It is the only decent accomplishment seen hanging in Willard B stadium. They also have a losing record to almost every ACC team including Duke. Heck of the 1000 FBS teams they only have a winning record against like 7 teams.

    They are truly elite!

  38. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 4, 2014 8:58 PM

    @ conwayallday

    I certainly understand your preference to living in the past versus the present. And I think it’s funny as hell, too.

    Hopefully before you dropped out of school and started dropping acid and smoking weed “back in the day” you learned how to count past 5, because you’re going to be using the number “6″ a lot this year.

  39. tigersfandan says: Jan 4, 2014 9:27 PM

    Yeah, Dabo’s remarks look pretty silly when you consider his record against Spurrier. But then again, Spurrier can’t complain because he’s been taking cheap shots at his rivals for a long time now.

  40. tidebarrister says: Jan 5, 2014 8:27 AM

    madtownthrowdown says:
    Jan 4, 2014 2:29 PM

    Fanasaurus- Clemson would do just fine. You SEC cans said the same thing about Mizzou and look what they did this year.

    madtownthrowdown:

    Your comment (see above) is typical of someone who knows little about college football. You can’t base Missouri’s success in the SEC based on one year. In their first season in the SEC in 2012, Missouri posted a 5-7 record, going 2-6 in conference play (0-5 against Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Texas A & M).

    Missouri deserves all of the praise and recognition they are getting for their success in 2013, but before the “book is closed” on how well they’ll do in the SEC, you have to have more than two seasons in the conference to make that evaluation. Same for A & M.

    Let’ see how both programs do after 5 and 10 years in the SEC. That will tell you a lot more than a one or two year snapshot.

  41. jrs45 says: Jan 5, 2014 10:54 AM

    jbusch415
    Jan 4, 2014, 2:04 PM EST

    ahh bunch of hicks being hicks, how cute

    That is really mean! But oh so true!

  42. gamustangdude says: Jan 5, 2014 12:08 PM

    babyfarkmcgeezax says:
    Jan 4, 2014 2:55 PM
    North Dakota State, a I-AA team, beat Kansas State by 3 points this season. Oklahoma beat Kansas State by 10. Therefore, Oklahoma would beat North Dakota State by 7. Oklahoma beat Alabama by 14. Therefore, North Dakota State – again, a I-AA team – would beat Alabama, the pride of the “mighty” SEC, by a full touchdown. How much more pathetically overhyped can the SEC get?

    ____________________________
    I’ll take the bait, following your logic, South Carolina beat Coastal Carolina by 60 points, also a I-AA team that played…..North Dakota State and lost by 34 points. This would mean that South Carolina, a SEC, would beat North Dakota Team by 26 points. South Carolina beat Kentucky by 7 points, Alabama Beat Kentucky by 41 points. Alabama would beat South Carolina by 34 points and therefore beat North Dakota State by 60 points.

    Your logic is flawed.

  43. cleekk says: Jan 7, 2014 8:27 AM

    Spurrier never passes a chance to take a shot at another team. I don’t know if he is an evil genius because of the intense feelings that breeds, or just a posterior orifice. But suffice it to say, he choked on his own bile when he stated a truth (FL and UT has been one-sided of late) about a game that did not in any way concern him or his team, only to have that UT team wreck his SEC-East chances. If I was Dabo Swinney, I wouldn’t have passed on a chance to jab Spurrier either – regardless of how one-sided the series has been.

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