Spurrier takes swipe at Swinney during Lattimore rally

There he goes again.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier took another swipe at Dabo Swinney after the Clemson coach made some kind remarks about Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Tennessee last Saturday.

Swinney said of Lattimore’s injury:

“It took my breath away. I was watching it and it just breaks my heart. I mean I just hurt for him and his family and his teammates. This is a guy that to me represents all the good things that college football should be about. He’s a guy I know personally, he’s a class young man and so is his family. I know how hard he has worked.

“If there is anybody I would bet on it is Marcus Lattimore. I know it will be a long process, but I tell you what, I would put my money on Marcus Lattimore in a heartbeat. When he comes to terms with this, he will do everything he can to come back. My prayers go out to him and his family. I have been heavy-hearted for him. He is a winner in every regard. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of him from a football standpoint. He has been a great representative for his family and his university. I will lift him up in my prayers.”

Spurrier referred to Swinney’s remarks at a rally on the South Carolina campus to honor Lattimore on his birthday Monday.

“A lot of quotes came across from the nation and I read one today from the head coach at our upstate school. You know, that school that used to beat us a lot that doesn’t beat us much any more, that one. Usually when that coach up there talks about South Carolina it’s a bunch of garbage and a bunch of BS, usually. But I have to agree with him on what he said the other day. He said ‘Marcus Lattimore stands for what’s right about college football.’”

Swinney responded to Spurrier’s comments on his weekly call-in show.

“I don’t really have a comment other than I’m embarrassed for him. That would be about the only thing I have to say about that.”

Swinney had softened his take on Spurrier a bit by Tuesday, according to Fox Carolina:

“People need to back off the ledge. Personally I really think that he was trying to pay us a compliment, I think. I think? I know it was kind of a roundabout way of getting there. It would be kinda like telling my wife ‘I really think you should wear this dress cause this dress looks great and you don’t look near as fat in that dress.’ But it’s kind of a roundabout way but I’ll take it as a compliment. I think that is what he was trying to do. … I do take it as a compliment that he would use something that I said to compliment one of his players.”

Maybe the two coaches can iron this out when they meet on the field Nov. 24 at Clemson. What do you think? Was Spurrier giving his rival a good-natured ribbing or showing a lack of class in his comments?

49 comments Add your comment

EC Dawg

November 1st, 2012
6:13 am

Spurrier and “lack of class” are synonyms. South Carolina grads: sorry to use big words, go look it up.


November 1st, 2012
6:29 am

Until Clemson can find a way to beat South Carolina, Dabo needs to just shut his cakehole and accept whatever the Head Ball Coach says. Spurrier pwns Dabo.


November 1st, 2012
6:42 am

Super Steve –what can you say about a classless no it all?


November 1st, 2012
6:45 am

What do you expect from Spurrier. He spent most of his like in Florida surrounded by yankees, foreigners and half breeds. What do you expect him to act like.

Max Sizemore

November 1st, 2012
7:18 am

I graduated from UGA and live in Florida. What does that make me, a half-yankfordawg?


November 1st, 2012
7:51 am

@ECdawg. You’re online and have infinite time to come up with something somewhat funny. Don’t quit your day job. Sincerely, Brian.


November 1st, 2012
8:57 am

Spurrier is a class act as was Gen Sherman……………. One of the most dispised men in history………


November 1st, 2012
9:32 am

Steve is still bitter about his experience as an NFL qb. Let it go, Steve. Let it go. I know that 40TD’s with 60 INT’s and a 60 qb rating over 10 seasons can make for a bitter ex-qb, but you just have to let it go.
He is not a nice man.


November 1st, 2012
9:35 am

That is Spurrier being Spurrier…the ticket buying fans and check-writing alums eat that stuff up. CPJ is just as big of an @$$, but without the wit and personality (oh, and without the success). On the plus side, maybe DRad will get Clemson on probation like he did Tech, as I am sure Dabo will be just as willing accomplice as was CPJ.

Rob in Chapel Hill

November 1st, 2012
9:59 am

Joel & Co, whatever happened with that columnist whom Spurrier was trying to get fired? Regarding these comments about Swinney and Clemson, I personally didn’t have a problem with his negative comments. I think Spurrier basically is a jerk (as any Dawgs fan does), but these particular comments were kinda funny, IMO.

Angelo Defatini

November 1st, 2012
10:24 am

Whatever you say about Spurrier you have to give him this….. As a coach he has UGA and CU’s

As for Dean my question for you is… How many yrs did you play in the NFL ?


November 1st, 2012
10:31 am

Why Angelo, where did I ever purport to have NFL experience? I merely stated that he sucked at it. You ARE aware that some of the best coaches never played the game they coach?

Joel Provano

November 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

Rob, the dispute between Spurrier and the columnist, Ron Morris, seems to have blown over for now. The State newspaper didn’t fire Morris and, of course, Spurrier did not quit as threatened. Stay tuned, though, it will probably erupt again when and if Morris writes something critical of Spurrier.

Rob in Chapel Hill

November 1st, 2012
12:09 pm

Thanks, Joel! I appreciate the update. Will indeed stay tuned.

LSU recruits felons

November 1st, 2012
1:22 pm

Spurrier’s stuff used to be interesting. It now sounds like he is getting senile. He is a year or two away from needing a full-time nurse. He had to work to take that shot at Swinney.

the voice of truth

November 1st, 2012
3:22 pm

what a cranky a-hole


November 1st, 2012
4:14 pm

Why are comments like that of georgiadawg70 considered okay?

Trampling out the vintage where the grapes...

November 1st, 2012
5:35 pm

I always thought of Steve as a Southern Gentleman. I don’t get the slams about smugness over the years.But, I am truly objective. Old Dominion grad, parents were FSU grads.

Destin Dawg

November 1st, 2012
7:12 pm

Spurrier is a frustrated senile old man… can’t win it all this year ( never ) at S.C… this was to be his year… will lose his best players…. 67 years old and tired looking… will retire soon !!!


November 1st, 2012
11:18 pm

Spurrier has been a great coach and he was funny in his prime. Dissing Dabo for a truly classy statement on Spurrier’s badly injured player was lame. Sometimes just put your ego aside and understand the human side is bigger than the football side. Makes you look small. I’m sure his reaction would have been more gracious if he wasn’t already eliminated from the East. You can’t spell Citrus without UT was long ago and far away…. And Spurrier was so much funnier than he is today.

Dawg Truth

November 2nd, 2012
8:28 am

Spurrier is a great offensive mind. He is a great offensive football coach. He is a butt hole.
NO, make that a perfect butt hole. He has no class and a legend in his own mind.
He beat our dawgs butts. A deserved win. But you talk about underacheiving! Ask
the redskins bout his coaching.

Coach Potato

November 2nd, 2012
10:04 am

To summarize from Dawg Truth’s first sentence: on this, Spurrier is geatly OFFENSIVE!

Ted Striker

November 2nd, 2012
11:15 am

Spurrier has lost every bit of dignity he once had. He’s an embarrassment to himself and to the fine university of South Carolina.

SEC in ACC Country

November 2nd, 2012
4:49 pm

You mean to tell me that somewhere out there is a grown man named Dabo?

hind tit

November 2nd, 2012
9:56 pm

The old ball less coach is at it again!

Rick James

November 2nd, 2012
11:22 pm

I think Spurrier needs to have a sit down with Bill Standfill…


November 3rd, 2012
5:16 am

Spurrier reminds me of Bobby Knight at the end of his coaching days at IU. He’s an angry, frustrated old man. It’s time to hang it up coach. You don’t seem like you enjoy it anyway.

Spurrier is senile!

November 3rd, 2012
10:37 am

This latest rant should make it easier to recruit against him. It is obvious now that in 3 or 4 years, he will be in some kind of institution. I predict a really embarrassing incident coming soon (Woody Hayes -esque).

Spurrier is senile!

November 3rd, 2012
10:39 am

I am an SEC fan as well (SEC in ACC Country), but Dabo is the mature one in this instance.


November 3rd, 2012
10:47 am

I’m guessing georgiadawg70 didn’t go to Ga. Clearly could not have been admitted to UF. That redneck, racist crap has no business here. What an idiot.


November 3rd, 2012
12:04 pm

Whatever…..you gotta love the ole Ball Coach !!

Bubba J.

November 3rd, 2012
7:33 pm

Chip Towers is an illiterate crybaby. Read any one of his articles and you’ll find several spelling/grammatical errors. But whatever you do, don’t point them out, he’ll have a hissyfit and ban you from commenting. What a loser.


November 3rd, 2012
9:59 pm

Spurrier has old chicken lips and a fowl mouth. I predict whenever USC lays an egg in the next year or two, he’ll pout and quit crowing. Then he’ll write books on how good he was at beating UGA and Clemson and USC will re-name stadium and set up statue since he had some firsts such as a few winning seasons and bowl games with USC that took 10 years.

Augusta Tiger

November 4th, 2012
9:16 am

USC has much to be proud of + a terrific fan base. Spurrier IS this USC generation’s “Chicken Curse”. As far as him retiring and writing books – don’t think so, nor expect him to replace Lee Corso.He does seem to put his foot in his mouth a LOT – maybe politics!


November 4th, 2012
9:50 am

“I think Spurrier needs to have a sit down with Bill Standfill…”

Bill already sat Spurrier down many, many times. And poor little Stevie can’t forget it, even 50 years later. Dabo was spot on; he’s just an embarrassment to himself.


November 4th, 2012
11:56 am

Spurrier is a Jerk. Always has been and always will be. I wish Lattimore great success in his recovery
Spurrier will lose to Clemson.


November 4th, 2012
2:29 pm

Spurrier has no class…never had it and never will.


November 4th, 2012
6:35 pm

Spurrier could not spell class if you spotted him the C & L because he is an ASS -

Vampire Bill

November 4th, 2012
11:12 pm

Spurrier, What a crap thing to say. Almost as classless as that punk of a head coach at GTek


November 5th, 2012
8:49 am

Lack of class for sure.. Great coach but i hate his stupid comments… Go Clemson..


November 5th, 2012
12:19 pm

SC will beat clemson again, as usual. The acc is a joke.


November 5th, 2012
3:09 pm

Good coach but an arrogant, egomaniac. I hope Clemson levels them, but I doubt that will happen.

Not USC, not CU

November 5th, 2012
4:55 pm

Seriously, some folks take things too serious. Coach Spurrier was addressing the SC followers and tailored his comments and mannerisms in manner to which they could relate and understand. Why are so many outsiders trying to read something into it that simply is not there? Leave the man alone. (How would you have stated it????)


November 5th, 2012
10:43 pm

4:55 blog..class often means..recognizing you sometimes do not need to go there..even with those that worship what you say


November 6th, 2012
7:29 pm

Spurrier is misunderstood,but man take a chill pill dude


November 6th, 2012
7:31 pm

oh yeah,can you say CHOKE. ———————-again

Bad Dawg

November 7th, 2012
1:53 pm

Good coach. Jackass of a man. There’s a time and place for taking digs at your opponent. This was neither…

Bad Dawg

November 7th, 2012
2:09 pm

@Not USC, not CU

(How would you have stated it????)

You seriously have to ask that? How about knocking off the snarky side comments and just addressing what Coach Swinney said about Marcus Lattimore? What Spurrier said wasn’t even that funny. UGA owns GT but Coach Richt doesn’t talk crap about them, especially when/if their coach offers up a compliment up about a UGA player. Go for the press-grabbing comments when it’s game time, not when someone is offering condolences. Are you still in elementary school, or do you just suffer from arrested development? Geez…


November 7th, 2012
3:57 pm

Will and Doc, georgiadawg70’s remarks are acceptable because they are true. You two take your yankee asses back up north and stay there.