Steve Spurrier has always believed he had a good relationship with South Carolinas archrival, and he doesnt want that to change even after cutting remarks made by Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.
I dont know what he said, dont even care really, Spurrier told The State on Thursday. I am not getting into any verbal (altercations) with anybody.
Swinney, believing he was responding to a Spurrier quote from after the Gamecocks 34-13 win over the Tigers on Saturday, said plenty for both coaches.
After five years, I think (Spurrier) had 35 wins and a new contract and all that kind of stuff, Swinney said. After five years at Clemson, if I only have 35 wins there is going to be a new coach here and there should be because there is a different standard.
Swinneys words came after he was asked about a Spurrier quote that was tweeted Saturday by @GamecockFB, a twitter account controlled by South Carolina football office staff members, which read, We arent LSU, and we arent Alabama. But we sure aint Clemson. - Steve Spurrier
That statement or something close to it actually came from Gamecocks radio play-by-play voice Todd Ellis, who said, As Coach Spurrier says, we may not be LSU or Alabama but we aint Clemson folks, during the broadcast following the Gamecocks third straight win over the Tigers.
Ellis was referring to comments Spurrier has made publicly several times about his team in relation to LSU and Alabama.
Coach said that part of it, Ellis told The State on Thursday night. I added, but we aint Clemson. If I didnt make it clear, then thats regrettable. He did not say that.
Spurrier is willing to let the incident pass, he said Thursday.
That crap can happen. They can stick quotes on you, he said. As long as the story gets straight, thats fine with me. I am not mad with anybody. We have a good relationship with those guys, and its going to stay that way.
Spurriers daughter Lisa told him Wednesday night that the quote was making the rounds and being attributed to him.
I said, Well, what do you want me to do? I didnt say it, Spurrier said. Smart people dont believe everything they read, and they dont believe hearsay. I guess Dabo believed it.
Swinney was asked about the comment following Clemsons Thursday night practice and gave a nearly five-minute response that included the following:
-- I heard that. Thats the kind of thing that gets back to you, and I dont know if he really said that or not, but I guess he did because there has been no rebuttal. If he said that, thats disappointing. I was taught to win and lose with class.
-- I guess Id have to say agree with him. Id say hes right. They are not Clemson, and they are never going to be Clemson to be honest with you, and no three-game winning streak is going to change that. Its not the first time theyve won three in a row, and it wont be the last time. It might be 50 more years.
-- I have a lot of respect for Coach Spurrier but I am going to defend my program. I am going to defend my players, my coaches and Im going to defend Clemson University because I believe in it.
-- There are a lot of rivalries out there. This is more of a domination, and thats a fact. My kids grandkids wont live long enough to ever see this really become a rivalry. It is what it is.
-- I have respect for their program, but South Carolina is not Clemson. There are a lot of differences. This is a place that has won a national title, 17 conference championships. Weve won more bowl games than theyve ever been to. I think our program has 100-plus more wins than South Carolina. Thats reality.
-- Hes exactly right. They aint Alabama. They aint LSU, and they certainly arent Clemson. Carolina is in Chapel Hill, and USC is in California and THE university in this state always has been, always will be Clemson. You can print that, tweet that, whatever.
He should have stuck with, I will have to wait and see if he really said that, Spurrier said. Hopefully, people will wait until they get all the facts before they make responses to things that were never uttered. If it was in the newspaper on Sunday it might have had some validity but on a tweeter three or four days later, thats ridiculous.