USC coach Steve Spurrier and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney were together Friday at the annual Shrine Bowl luncheon in Spartanburg. It was the first time the two had been together since shaking hands following USC’s win over Clemson in late November.
In between, there was the issue of Swinney’s response to a Twitter comment falsely attributed to Spurrier a few days after the game. Spurrier has said since then he holds no hard feelings towards Swinney, and Friday Swinney showed the same attitude. The Clemson coach arrived at the Marriott after Spurrier and went over and shook hands with him after arriving at the dais. The two spoke briefly and Spurrier congratulated Swinney on winning the ACC Championship before they settled into their seats for the program.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe was the other head coach in attendance and he spoke first. Spurrier was next and managed to get in a little dig at the Tigers. Swinney went last and kept his comments strictly to a message he wanted to deliver to the Shrine Bowl players.
After speaking, Spurrier quickly left the Marriott, shaking a few a hands but not stopping long for small talk, pictures or autographs. Several Shrine Bowl players came up to the front to seek him out but he was gone.
Swinney stayed around for several minutes and and shook hands with seveal Shrine Bowl players from both sides who came to the front. He also posed for pictures and signed autographs.
Spurrier and the Gamecocks begin their bowl practices Friday afternoon. Clemson already has had two practices and will work out again today.