South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney have been exchanging verbal jabs for years, but the smack talk in July is often more lighthearted than the tension leading up to their annual meeting in late November.
Spurrier called this time of year "talking season" during a visit with ESPN on Tuesday. He reminded fans that he and Swinney get along, but did not shy away from responding to a comment the Tigers coach made at ACC Media Days on Monday.
Swinney: I have great respect for Coach Spurrier, but we're just from different planets. He's from Pluto, I'm from Mars.— David Glenn Show (@DavidGlennShow) July 21, 2014
When Spurrier arrived at ESPN's campus for a series of media stops, he wanted to remind fans that he and Swinney were not that different -- particularly when it comes to verbal jabs.
Spurrier, perhaps reading up on his science journals, cracked back, "Dabo probably thinks there's only, what, nine planets out there. I think I read where Pluto may not be considered one now."
The Clemson-South Carolina rivalry has been spiced up considerably in recent years with some of the verbal volleys between Spurrier and Swinney. But Spurrier wants to make sure everybody knows that he's not the only one doing the volleying.
"The only thing I remind Dabo of is his comments three years ago of the real Carolina being in Chapel Hill and the real USC being in California," said Spurrier, whose Gamecocks have won five in a row over the Tigers. "Sometimes he forgets he throws some stuff out there also. He wants to make people believe that I'm the only one that throws a little stuff out there."
Swinney's most recent, and most public, shot came during Clemson's Orange Bowl celebration. On the podium, Swinney proudly announced that his team had become the first school in the state of South Carolina to win a BCS bowl game.