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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