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?