So the Governor of South Carolina declared Monday “Marcus Lattimore Day,” as a tribute to the fallen star after his horrific injury and Steve Spurrier in only Steve Spurrier fashion, chose to ruin the whole thing by talking trash about instate rival Clemson. It may have been a little back-handed, but it was trash talk nonetheless.
A classy Dabo Swinney (Clemson head coach) was quoted as saying:
“It took my breath away,” I was watching and it just breaks my heart. I mean, I just hurt for him and his family and his teammates. This is a guy that, to me, represents all the good things that college football should be about. He’s a guy I know personally. He’s a class young man and so is his family. I know how hard he has worked.”
“If there is anybody I would bet on it is Marcus Lattimore, I know it will be a long process, but I tell you what, I would put my money on Marcus Lattimore in a heartbeat. When he comes to terms with this, he will do everything he can to come back. My prayers go out to him and his family. I have been heavy-hearted for him. He is a winner in every regard. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of him from a football standpoint. He has been a great representative for his family and his university. I will lift him up in my prayers.”
In which Spurrier responded with:
“A lot of quotes came across the country and I read one today from the head coach at our upstate school.” You know, that school that used to beat us a lot that doesn’t beat us much anymore, that one. Usually when that coach up there talks about South Carolina it’s a bunch of garbage and a bunch of BS usually. But I have to agree with him on what he said the other day.”
This was a time to reflect and honor Lattimore (I talk about him like he died), not an opportune time to talk trash about your instate rival. Dabo was right on with his comments and showed real class putting the rivalry aside for the moment. Spurrier obviously isn’t smart enough to decipher when’s a good time to do such that and kept the rivalry right there in the forefront. I don’t mind trash talking as it makes for great subplots and good TV, but there’s a time and a place old man.