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Dabo Swinney fires back at Steve Spurrier with zinger

Dabo SwinneyClemson coach Dabo Swinney will not back down from Steve Spurrier, and he obviously enjoys the intrastate competition with his South Carolina rival.

After winning the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s, Spurrier, unsolicited, boasted that beating Clemson several years in a row was nice. He obviously was playing to his fans with the line, and his Gamecock supporters loved it.

Well Swinney must have heard about Spurrier’s shot at the Tigers, because he came out with a liner of his own after Clemson beat Ohio State 40-35 to win the Orange Bowl on Friday.

“We’re the first team from the state of South Carolina to win a BCS game,” Swinney said in the postgame ceremony.

Great line from Swinney. And we have to give him a ton of credit — not just for the great line — but for doing a great job with the Clemson program. He may have lost five games in a row to South Carolina, but achieving three straight double-digit win seasons at Clemson is a heck of an accomplishment.

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  • John Porter

    THE GAMECOCKS SURE ARE IN DABO’S HEAD IT DON’T MATTER WHAT U DO WHO U BEAT IT SURE MUST BE A GREAT LETDOWN TO THE CLEMSON FAN’S THAT CLEMSON IS NOT IN THE SAME LEAGUE AS THE GAMECOCKS WHEN IT COME’S TO FOOTBALL OR BASEBALL

  • Tim B

    AMEN TO THAT BRO!!!

  • Garry Williams

    You cock fans have ALWAYS set your bar to beat Clemson as success. It seems even after your program is the best in its history that’s still all that seems to matter to you.

  • scott

    Easier to do when you play in a conference like the ACC. The pathetic part about DABO’s statement is that Clemson didn’t win a BCS game sooner. USC has to compete with great programs like Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Missouri, LSU, and A&M every year for 2 spots in BCS. Who does Clemson have to worry about? Florida State and that’s it. DABO and his Clemson followers have no sense of reason and look stupid nationally.

  • scott

    What are you watching, Garry? We care less about Clemson than we ever have. They are an afterthought. A W on the schedule before the season even starts. We have bigger fish to fry in a bigger, better, and more competitive conference. Go worry about beating your Dukes and Wake Forests, loser. Clemson wouldn’t have even been in that game last night if they hadn’t been in such a crapa$$ conference.

  • Cdewey88

    The gamecocks did not play Alabama, LSU, nor TAMU this year. They had a cake schedule. They took advantage of a injured Mizzu team, and had the refs help with their win over UCF. Had they played those three teams they would have been 7 win team at best.

  • Garry Williams

    We were in that game because we did not lose to a “crapa$$” team like Tennessee.

  • Garry Williams

    If Clemson is an afterthought, then you’ve guys have absolutely nothing else to brag about. Because you’ve done nothing else.

  • Garry Williams

    And if it makes you feel better to call people names then you’re welcome to do so all you want. Just shows your class.

  • Rodney Dobbs

    That’s why clemson, fsu, & a few others should have joined the big 12 when they had a chance would love to have the best acc teams in our conference; with them & a few more key teams we would permantely eclipse the sec!
    BOOMER SOONER!

  • scott

    No, surely we don’t, we only beat 3 teams that will probably finish in the Top 10…..Clemson, Mizzou, and UCF.Clemson beat an overrated Ohio State team.

  • scott

    The refs helped us in the UCF game? Hilarious, we had to fight the refs to win that game, idiot. Typical Clemson fan, totally delusional.

  • xyz_vino

    but they did win a BCS game quicker? whether you like it or not and without regard to schedule or conference, the fact remains that Clemson is the first school in South Carolina to win a BCS game. Arguing contrary to fact doesn’t help the rest of your claims.

  • Chase Hawkins

    wow FL state played Duke for the ACC, Clemson had 3 actual teams, barely won at home against GA, embarrassed by FL st. and dismantled by the Gamecocks, and barley beat a OH st. with no defense that handed you the ball 5 times, tigers have nothing to brag about. you was in a BCS bowl by default of conference tie in

  • Gee

    So Clemson lost to a team that lost to a “crapa$$” Tennessee team.

  • Gee

    That is a fact that Clemson won the 1st BCS game in SC state history. Fact#2 South Carolina beat 3 teams that finished in the top 10 this year (including Clemson and UCF who both won BCS bowls) and wound up being ranked #4 overall in the end. Just threw that in since facts are not based on opinion.