Steve Spurrier insisted Tuesday that he and Dabo Swinney are on nothing but friendly terms, a subject Ron Morris addressed this morning in this column in today’s paper, and later in the day defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward explained that the ties that bind the Carolina and Clemson coaching staffs go far beyond that.
In fact, Ward and Swinney were teammates at Alabama and shared an accounting class one semester, Ward said.
“Dabo real smart,” Ward said. “He helped me pass it.”
Tigers associate A.D. for football administration Woody McCorvey is “like my father in coaching,” Ward said. Clemson special teams coordinator Danny Pearman and Ward were graduate assistants on the same Alabama staff, and Ward also is tight with Tigers defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks.
It’s probably worth remembering that if the coaches, whose jobs are tied to the outcome of these games, can remain such good friends, you can probably get along with your brother-in-law at Thanksgiving this year. Happy Holidays.
Around the SEC:
I am officially sick of the “Rival coach won’t say name of rival school” bit. Now Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is calling Tennessee the “team out East.” Has he forgotten he coaches at Vanderbilt?
Like Dylan Thompson, Georgia’s Hutson Mason is having a statistically impressive season in his senior season.
Don’t laugh, but Florida could beat Florida State. Here’s a story about how the Gators plan to defend Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston. Does the Florida defense have one big performance left in it for outgoing coach Will Muschamp?
Alabama remains No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings.