Steve Spurrier is usually the one who catches his rivals with a witty remark, but not this time. The Head Ball Coach was recently on the receiving end of one that he couldn’t help but chuckle at.
The former South Carolina coach and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney have traded words in the past, and Swinney served something up for the HBC during last Saturday’s Heisman Trophy ceremony, which Spurrier attended.
According to Matt Fortuna of The Athletic, Spurrier texted Swinney, telling him how much he missed not seeing him and his wife, Kathleen.
“Yeah, we’re in a rebuilding year for Heisman candidates,” Swinney responded.
“That’s pretty good,” Spurrier told Fortuna as he laughed.
This most certainly isn’t the first time the two have traded jabs. Back in 2014, after he guided the Gamecocks to their third straight 11-win season, Spurrier had this to say.
“Hey, these two Capital One Bowls in a row are pretty nice, but that state championship ain’t bad either,” Spurrier said, referring to South Carolina’s 31-17 win over Clemson that season, its fifth straight in the series.
Not long after that, Swinney responded after beating Ohio State in the Orange Bowl by saying, “We’re the first team from South Carolina to ever win a BCS bowl.”
Every fan in the Palmetto State also remembers when Spurrier, before visiting LSU in 2012, said he only knew of one Death Valley, not acknowledging Clemson’s venue.
“Most of our guys have never been to Death Valley,” Spurrier said. “That is the Death Valley, isn’t it? Or is there another one around?”
Swinney had a pretty good response to that one.
“I can see where he might have a little confusion,” Swinney said. “Our guys have never been to USC. California’s a long way from here. … Got two Death Valleys and two USCs, but there’s only one real one.”