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October 10, 2012

Swinney responds to Spurrier's jab

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  • CLEMSON -- After Wednesday's practice, Dabo Swinney responded to Steve Spurrier's thinly veiled jab about Clemson's stadium a day earlier.

    Tigerillustrated.com asked Swinney what he thought of Spurrier's quote:

    "Most our players have never been to (LSU's) Death Valley. That is the Death Valley isn't it? Is there another one around?"

    Said Swinney: "I heard about that. It's amazing people are interested in Clemson so much. But for the record, the original Death Valley is right here. In case anybody has any doubts, it's right here. That's the original Death Valley."

    Sports information director Tim Bourret said Clemson has used the Death Valley moniker since 1948.

    Swinney continued: "I can see where (Spurrier) might have a little confusion. Our guys have never been to USC. California is a long way from here. So I can see where there would be a little confusion there. Got two Death Valleys and two USC's, but there's only one real one."

    Swinney didn't seem genuinely bothered by Spurrier's dig. He said Spurrier has been famous for this stuff for a long time.

    "That's classic Spurrier," he said with a laugh. "When he's winning, you can say what you want. He's one of the best. He's had more (digs) than anybody probably ever will. But they have a heck of a football team, I'll tell you that."

    Swinney was asked what he voted the Gamecocks in this week's coaches poll. He said third or fourth.

    "They're a really good team, a really good team. I'm one of those that kind of hopes they can continue it on and we can, because I think that's special for this state. It was a great day for the state of South Carolina versus Georgia this past weekend. They're a really good football team, and we've got a chance to be. We're probably not quite there yet, but we've got a little ways to go before we've got to worry about that one."

    -- Swinney said there hasn't been any live hitting this week as the team tries to heal some bumps and bruises from six straight weekends of football.

    -- The players had to do some extra running after today's practice. Swinney said they didn't have good energy.

    -- The team is practicing again tomorrow before taking the weekend off. Next Monday and Tuesday are fall break, so he's hoping his players can disengage and decompress.

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