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Per a story from Yahoo! Sports Dan Wetzel, University of South Carolina’s head football coach Steve Spurrier, during a rally meant to boost star running back Marcus Lattimore’s spirits, took the opportunity to trash talk Clemson University and their head football coach, Dabo Swinney. After Lattimore’s injury, there was an outpouring of well-wishes for the running back from fans, coaches, and media on Twitter, Facebook, and news outlets across the country. Even Swinney had nothing but kind words for Lattimore after his injury:
“It took my breath away. I was watching and it just breaks my heart. I mean, I just hurt for him and his family and his teammates. This is a guy that, to me, represents all the good things that college football should be about. He’s a guy I know personally. He’s a class young man and so is his family. I know how hard he has worked.
If there is anybody I would bet on it is Marcus Lattimore. I know it will be a long process, but I tell you what, I would put my money on Marcus Lattimore in a heartbeat. When he comes to terms with this, he will do everything he can to come back. My prayers go out to him and his family. I have been heavy-hearted for him. He is a winner in every regard. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of him from a football standpoint. He has been a great representative for his family and his university. I will lift him up in my prayers.”
The obvious sincerity in Swinney’s statement was not lost on anyone…anyone, that is except, Spurrier. At the “Marcus Lattimore Appreciation Day” (which was also the running back’s birthday), Spurrier used the moment to take jabs at Clemson and his rival Swinney:
“A lot of quotes came across the country and 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, that one [South Carolina has won the last three games in the series]. 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.”
It’s truly amazing a 67-year old man who has spent the better part of his coaching career in the national limelight does not know when to be gracious and cut the trash talk. Check the video below for the full audio. Spurrier’s comments start at about the :45 mark.
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