CLEMSON — Dabo Swinney said today he thought Steve Spurrier was trying to pass along a compliment during Marcus Lattimores birthday party, get-well rally celebration on Monday.
People, they just need to back off the ledge, the Clemson head football coach said at the conclusion of his weekly media briefing. Personally, I really think he was trying to pay me a compliment.
I think (he was), Swinney said, repeating, I think.
Swinney likened it to a husbands exchange with his wife.
I know it was a roundabout way maybe of getting there. It would be like me telling my wife I think you should wear this dress. I think you should wear this dress. You dont look near as fat in this dress.
Spurrier alluded to Swinneys remarks Sunday when asked about Lattimores season-ending knee injury, the second critical injury in two years. Clemson recruited Lattimore, too, and Swinney became acquainted with him and the Lattimore family.
A lot of quotes came across the nation. I read one today from the head coach of our upstate school, Spurrier said. You know that school that used to beat us a lot but doesnt beat us much anymore. Usually, when that coach up there talks about South Carolina, its 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 whats right about college football.
Swinney said he took it as a compliment.
I think that was what he was trying to do, he said. I do take it as a compliment that he would use something that I said to compliment one of his players.
He reiterated his earlier remarks Tuesday when asked.
Footballs a violent game, injuries happen, people get hurt all the time, he said. I meant exactly what I said. Marcus is a quality, quality person. And I really believe if anybody can come back, he will and I hope he does.
Im disappointed that we wont get a chance to compete against him because hes a great competitor, he said. I want to be the best. I want to play the best.