Dabo Swinney doubled down on the comments he made about Steve Spurrier and USC following the Tigers practice last night. Swinney said it is “convenient” Spurrier waiting until Thursday night to deny making the comment on Thursday.
There is no evidence Steve Spurrier ever made any derogatory comments about Clemson. As we pointed out here Thursday night, play-by-play man Todd Ellis misquoted Spurrier when he was taking a jab at the Tigers. USC’s official Twitter feed @GamecockFB also posted the Ellis quote but attributed it to Spurrier.
The Charlotte Observer lifted that quote and printed it, giving it more credibility. This is what the Observer published:
The Ol’ Ball Coach, Steve Spurrier, never one to pull a punch, zinged rival Clemson after his third straight win against the Tigers, on the Gamecocks football Twitter account of all places: “We aren’t LSU, and we aren’t Alabama. But we sure ain’t Clemson.”
“I know this that if my media put something out that I said and if it was nationally perceived that I said it, I promise you, I would correct it,” Swinney said. “ I would make sure that it was made known that especially something that is derogatory that I wouldn’t want my name attached to, I would make sure that it was clear, or I’d pick up the phone and I’d call and say, hey, there’s something out there that people are saying I said and I didn’t say it. That’s really all there is to it.”
Swinney is obviously not convinced Spurrier didn’t in fact make the comment about the Tigers.
“I don’t know if he said it or not, but there certainly hasn’t been any rebuttal”, he said.
UPDATE: The @GamecockFB twitter feed did post this earlier today, around 10:o0 this morning:
The tweet after the CU game was a mistake I made by misquoting Coach Spurrier. It was a statement made by Todd Ellis. Sorry for the mistake I made – Scott Morgan