As most things in this world, it was just too good to be true. Turns out it wasn't Georgia coach Mark Richt who wrote the letter punking a Clemson fan who claimed the Tigers would deliver a beating to the Bulldogs in Athens last weekend.
Word began spreading Thursday after the website Deadspin posted a note that was allegedly from Richt, whose Bulldogs beat the Tigers 45-21. According to the Deadspin post, it was in response to a letter he received in the summer from a Clemson fan, and Richt allegedly wrote “There was a reason Georgia was ranked above Clemson in the preseason polls, and I am sure we showed why last night.”
However, Georgia spokesman told ESPN.com the letter did not come from Richt, who later posted on Twitter the letter was "bogus."
Too bad. That is one of the beauties of college football -- the constant needling of opposing fanbases and conferences. It would have been made better coming from Richt, who doesn't create nearly as many headlines as, say, SEC counterpart Steve Spurrier.
There are enough quality rivalries in the ACC that we wouldn't mind seeing a few coaches incite rivalries by dropping a line to rival programs and their fans, gloating after a win. If Clemson beats Florida State later this month, maybe Dabo Swinney can write to Jameis Winston that Doak Campbell now belongs to Clemson. Winston tweeted in March that Clemson's stadium belonged to FSU after the Seminoles won at Clemson in 2013. Or Larry Fedora can FedEx a case of energy drinks to an unruly Duke fan if the Tar Heels defeat the hated Blue Devils later this season.
We've seen enough coaches read mean tweets from opposing fans. Who wouldn't want to see the coaches get a chance to fire back?
Here's a few more links heading into the weekend:
More than one-third of Al Golden's first three classes at Miami have made little to no impact.
A three-year Syracuse letterwinner says the Villanova game was tough to watch but he sees a resilient team in upstate New York.
Film breakdown for Boston College as it prepares for a big game against Pittsburgh on Friday night.
It won't be quite as easy for Pitt on Friday night.
Florida State is conducting its own investigation into Jameis Winston in relation to an alleged 2012 rape, the attorney of Winston's accuser told USA Today.
Louisville will likely be without running back Michael Dyer once again.
The upcoming Virginia Tech-Ohio State game brings back memories of the Buckeyes' tribute to Virginia Tech in the aftermath of the 2007 shooting.
Virginia Tech isn't as strong because teams like Ohio State are signing Virginia's best players.
Five notes on the Georgia Tech offensive line.