Dabo Swinney reflected on his infamous anti USC rant he made a couple of days before the ACC Championship game last year. Swinney reminisced with Atlanta Journal Constitution writer Michael Carvell in today’s AJC. In case you were in a coma when it happened, following a practice Swinney spent close to five minutes listing stats and reasons why Clemson is better than USC while also pointing out it was more of domination by the Tigers than it was a rivalry game.
Dabo was irate about a tweet that took a swipe at Clemson that was erroneously attributed to Steve Spurrier. The tweet, which appeared on the USC football official Twitter page shortly after USC’s win over the Tigers, was sent by a USC low level staff member and was actually a quote from Gamecock play-by-play man Todd Ellis. The day after the rant, Swinney said it was convenient that Spurrier denied being a part of it after he was called out. He questioned why Spurrier didn’t call him to explain himself earlier. The next day the Tigers won the ACC title and Swinney stepped in when his players were asked about the incident in the post game press conference. Swinney said then that he accepted the fact Spurrier wasn’t behind the tweet and said he was simply sticking up for his team.
Three months later, this is Swinney’s take on the incident via the AJC:
“You know, the [reaction] never crossed my mind. That was simply a Thursday night and reacting to a question about something that had kind of lingered all week long. You know, we were getting ready to play in the ACC championship game. I even said at the time that I didn’t know if he [Spurrier] really said it. Obviously, he must have because there has been no retraction or anything like that. I was mad and frustrated, and it just caught me at a bad time. But I didn’t really get caught up in what other people’s reactions were or what they thought about it. I really was focused on trying to win the championship game and put that [loss to South Carolina] behind us at the time. He [Spurrier] came out later that night and said it was a misunderstanding or whatever. And we’ve kind of moved on since that. But that’s really all there is to it.”
We will see how much everyone has moved on when the two teams meet in Novemeber.