Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was asked on his call-in show about the taunting that came with South Carolina's 5-year streak in the football series and if he would tap into that for motivation as Clemson seeks a seventh-straight win over the Gamecocks Saturday:
"Man you best believe, I won't ever forget that. Listen, when you're a part of a rivalry game, it's just one you live with. Everybody is mad when you lose, but they don't walk up to you in Publix and say, 'Dang, I hate you lost that game to Pitt' or whatever. If you're on the wrong side of this game, you live with it every single day. No matter what you do. 'You had a great year but"...I'm well aware of the pain that comes with losing a rivalry game. I've been part of 13 of them with Alabama-Auburn and this is my 19th Clemson-South Carolina game, which just blows my mind really, but I'm excited about it. We'll be ready. That's why this is a goal of its own. You've got the season and then you've got South Carolina. We have not forgotten what it's like to lose this game, that's for sure."
We all know now that Todd Ellis spewed that crappy statement. But Spurrier didn't deny it. Dabo was fired up and defended his team and Clemson. It was a bit cringe-worthy, but in context and off the cuff, it resonated and fired up the fan base.