Yes, we enjoyed almost the exact same exchange last year, and will do so again next autumn. The leaves turn, pro football gets dumber, and Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney play on the branding issues associated with each other's football program.
Clemson plays in a stadium nicknamed Death Valley. So does LSU! South Carolina's headed to LSU, which means:
Steve Spurrier: "Most our players have never been to Death Valley. That is the Death Valley isn’t it? Is there another one around?"— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 9, 2012
Swinney retorted with, "I can see where he might have a little confusion. Our guys have never been to USC. California is a long way from here. So, you know, I can see where there can be a little confusion there. You got two Death Valleys and two USCs, but there's only one real one."
However, Spurrier had already dodged that one earlier in the week:
Spurrier mixing it up, jabbing Pac-12 on radio: "That other USC is not ranked as high as this USC.Maybe they need to change their logo."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 4, 2012
The common thinking whenever this exchange happens is that Spurrier's gotten inside Dabo's head yet again and the young Clemson coach should stop trying to tangle with the master. But at this point, Swinney knows the steps well enough to do this whole thing from sheer muscle memory.
They've created a complete dialog they can perform whenever needed, with both fan bases walking away feeling like their guy did what was needed to light a spark. It's very efficient and symbiotic media work by the two coaches, and we look forward to the 2013 edition.
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