Even when they agree on something Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney can’t seem to get through it without some controversy.
Swinney was asked about the injury to USC ’s Marcus Lattimore during his conference call Sunday with reporters and had nothing but positive things to say about the Gamecock running back.
“It took my breath away,” Swinney said. “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.”
AUDIO: Dabo Swinney on Marcus Lattimore [2:48]
During a rally to celebrate Lattimore’s birthday Monday Spurrier noted he agreed with Swinney’s assessment of Lattimore, but not before taking a few digs at Clemson and Swinney.
“A lot of quotes came across from the nation and I read one today from the head coach at our upstate school,” Spurrier told the crowd. You know, that school that used to beat 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 h of garbage and a bunch of BS usually. But I have to agree with him on what he said the other day…”
AUDIO: Steve Spurrier responds to Swinney’s take on Lattimore [:48]
Needless to say the response from the HBC has riled up a lot of Clemson fans. Even some USC fans have questioned whether it was the time or place for taking a shot at Swinney and Clemson. Just more fuel for the fire when these two teams face off in a few weeks…