Clemson's Dabo Swinney, USC's Steve Spurrier Trade Barbs

Dabo Swinney responds to the Old Ball Coach's jabs about the Tigers' stadium.

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney responded Wednesday with jabs of his own after University of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier knocked the Tigers' stadium, WYFF reports. 

Spurrier, speaking at a press conference about his team's matchup with LSU on Saturday, took aim at Clemson's Memorial Stadium, which shares the nickname "Death Valley" with LSU. 

"Most of our guys have never been to Death Valley," Spurrier said Tuesday. "That is the Death Valley, isn't it? Or is there another one? There's two of them. That's right there's two Death Valleys. Was LSU the first one or the second one? They were first? Oh, okay." 

Swinney responded Wednesday night after the Tigers practiced. 

"It's amazing people are interested in Clemson so much, but for the record, the original Death Valley is right here. In case anybody has any doubts, it's right here. That's the original Death Valley," Swinney said.

"I can see where he might have a little confusion. Our guys have never been to USC (referencing the University of Southern California). California's a long way from here. So I can see where there would be a little confusion there. Got two Death Valleys and two USCs, but there's only one real one," Swinney added. 

It's not the first verbal volley between the two coaches.

Who do you think won the war of words between the two coaches? Tell us in our comments section. 

Rick Eades October 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Dabo better watch it or THE University of South Carolina will blister that rear end come november worse than the previous 3 years. Spurrier has earned the right to be arrogant.
Doug Massey October 11, 2012 at 08:06 PM
You're right Rick. He has earned it. And, he will trample Clemson just like he did w/ Georgia. John, you appear to be a sorry loser.
Stefan Tolstoy October 11, 2012 at 09:14 PM
How in the world does someone "earn the right" to be arrogant? It's a character defect, not something positive.
SDR October 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I think they both have good haircuts....oh, the traded BARBS.....
Jonathan Allen October 12, 2012 at 05:17 AM
As far as the Carolina/Clemson rivalry (or any other sports/collegiate rivalry) goes those are both pretty lame insults. No sir, nobody won, we all lose. I understand that they're the coaches of the programs speaking for publication and broadcast and can't let off with the type of expletive laden verbal tirades bandied about tailgate parties, but that really felt like they were both just phoning it in this time. Neither one of these gentlemen was working with national championship quality material there. They're both going to have to step up their games if they want a realistic shot at a national title this season. At this level of the game you come to expect soul withering levels of brutally mocking ridicule, and that just simply doesn't get the job done.


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