CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sent the state of South Carolina into a frenzy this week with his rant responding to alleged -- note the word alleged -- comments made by rival coach Steve Spurrier.
Somebody said something kind of sort of like this, and it got back to Swinney: "We're not LSU. We're not Alabama. But we sure ain't Clemson."
According to SEC blogger Edward Aschoff, the quote in question came from South Carolina play-by-play man Todd Ellis, who actually said: “As Coach Spurrier says, we might not be LSU or Alabama, but we ain’t Clemson, folks.”
Swinney was asked again about it today -- the first question of his news conference for Saturday's Dr Pepper ACC championship game -- and Swinney hasn't backed down.
"It is what it is," he said. "I heard today that it supposedly wasn’t said, and that’s great. It’s awful convenient on Thursday. I know this, that if my media put something out that I said, and if it was nationally perceived that I said it, I promise you I would correct it. I would make sure that it was made known -- especially something that is derogatory that I wouldn’t want my name attached to -- I would make sure that it was clear. Or I’d pick up the phone, and I’d call and say, ‘Hey, there’s something out there that people are saying I said, and I didn’t say it.’ That’s really all there is to it. I said that last night. I don’t know if he said it or not, but there certainly hasn’t been any rebuttal. That’s it on that."
Actually, sounds like it's just the beginning of a beautiful relationship.