High school coach tries to get Spurrier and Swinney to wrestle

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

A preview of the main event at this year's Wrestlemania
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Listening to Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney go back and forth at one another the last few years has been fun, as it's taken the rivalry between South Carolina and Clemson to another level. And if a high school coach in Georgia had gotten its way, it might have become the greatest rivalry of all time.

Both Spurrier and Swinney visited North Gwinnett High School outside Atlanta this week on the same day, and while there coach Bob Sphire tried to convince the two coaches to wrestle one another.

“Dabo was leaving out when Spurrier was coming in, and I stopped them and said, ‘Look, I've got a fundraising idea. There's a 1,000 kids over there in the cafeteria right now for lunch. We're going to go over and wrestle, and I'm going to charge admission,'” Sphire said. “They just smiled and laughed. They talked to each other for a little bit. I told Coach Spurrier that I get a kick out of his little digs, the way he stirs everybody up.”

As if the two coaches laughing the idea off wasn't a big enough disappointment, Sphire also let the cat out of the bag on this heated rivalry.

“Dabo was in here first, and I was telling him how entertaining those two have been with their quotes back and forth, and their banter,” said Sphire. “You know, the first thing (Swinney) said was ‘I really like him (Spurrier). We're really good friends.' I will be darned if that wasn't the first thing that Spurrier told me when I tried to stir it up. He said, ‘I really like Dabo. We're really good friends.'”

You know, I always figured that was the case, I just preferred to think that the two of them truly hated each other. I think I'm going to continue pretending that's the case. It's just more fun that way.

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