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Dabo hands Spurrier a (gasp!) compliment

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If you’re headed down to Hades in the near future, you best pack a parka.

Over the past several years — including this offseason on more than one occasion — Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier have engaged in a little bit of “friendly banter.” Compliments, though, have been few and far between for the head coaches of the state’s two FBS programs.

Until now.

During the ACC head coaches’ version of the ESPN car wash, the Clemson head coach was asked about his South Carolina counterpart in general and his career specifically. His response may surprise you.  Or floor you, as the case may be.

“If I can have half the career he’s had, I’ll count that as a huge success.” Swinney said according to

In actuality, it’s not that much of a surprise that Swinney would say something complimentary. While the two snipe verbally at one another, there’s an underlying respect between the two men that each has publicly acknowledged.

Now, with that said, get back to the sniping as that’s immensely more entertaining than the niceties. Or just go ahead and have that rasslin’ match. One of the two. Or both.

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5 Responses to “Dabo hands Spurrier a (gasp!) compliment”
  1. tigersfandan says: Jul 30, 2014 10:18 AM

    Well, I think most young coaches would share that sentiment.

  2. seminolez says: Jul 30, 2014 10:37 AM

    if dabo had 5 out of 10 of a lot of things…lol

  3. jimmy53 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:18 AM

    I feel like Dabo thinks if he starts complimenting Spurrier then maybe Steve will stop destroying him with his barbs. It won’t work Dabo–you’re too easy a target.

    Makes me miss the back and forth of Spurrier and Bowden—Bowden at least gave as well as he got.

    Of course Bowden had a whole lot more to work with than Dabo…

  4. classyjacklambert says: Jul 30, 2014 12:17 PM

    You’re kidding right Jimmy? Dabo has blasted the gamecock program to pieces on more than one occasion. Spurrier is entertaining because he speaks his mind but most of his jokes are lame if they were said by anyone besides a coach at a podium.

  5. clemsonstillsucks says: Jul 30, 2014 2:53 PM

    Very good point. Spurrier’s humor comes largely from delivery and underlying innuendo.

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