Steve Spurrier's Dabo Swinney comments actually weren't all that bad

Mike Zarrilli

Steve Spurrier was quoted as taking time away from a rally in honor of injured star Marcus Lattimore's birthday in order to trash Clemson and Dabo Swinney, which had expressed goodwill towards the South Carolina back. It actually wasn't that bad.

Monday evening, more than 1,000 South Carolina fans gathered to cheer on Marcus Lattimore, whose season (and possibly then some) came to an end Saturday in a horrific knee injury. The former Freshman of the Year watched the event, which included teammates leading the crowd in a round of "Happy Birthday" in honor of his 21st, via his computer.

Steve Spurrier read a proclamation from South Carolina's governor decreeing October 29 to be Marcus Lattimore Day and a text from Lattimore promising his return to the field. Here are some highlights:

But the moment that got the most attention came when Spurrier acknowledged kind remarks expressed by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. Based on a quote of his comments, and without video context, it did sound like he was using the occasion as just another cause to fire the latest in a long line of shots at Swinney, and this time totally unwarranted. But have a look for yourself:

I read one today from the head coach at our upstate school -- you know, that school that used to beat us a lot that doesn't beat us much anymore -- usually when that coach up there talks about South Carolina it's a bunch of garbage and a bunch of BS. Usually. But I have to agree with him on what he said the other day. He said, 'Marcus Lattimore stands for what's right about college football.'

That's really not anything outrageous. I was disappointed to read the comment when it first came out, but after watching it, it seems like an appropriately Spurrier way to give a rival credit for sharing goodwill.

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