Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney has lost three straight games by convincing margins to the University of South Carolina – his school’s arch-rival – but that’s not stopping him from talking a little trash.

In fact the famously lead-footed coach – who has belittled USC’s program in the past – responded to a subtle jab from USC head coach Steve Spurrier this week by suggesting that Spurrier’s program would never be as good as the “real” USC, the University of Southern California.

Spurrier got the back-and-forth going earlier this week with a comment about LSU’s Tiger Stadium, which – like Clemson’s Memorial Stadium – is nicknamed “Death Valley.”

“Most of our guys have never been to Death Valley,” Spurrier said. “That is the Death Valley, isn’t it? Or is there another one? There’s two of them? That’s right, there’s two Death Valleys.”

Swinney’s response?

“I can see where he might have a little bit of confusion,” the coach said.  “Our guys have never been to USC. California is a long way from here. I can see where there can be a little bit of confusion there with two Death Valleys and two USCs, but there’s only one real one [USC].”

Ouch …

While Swinney may be Spurrier’s equally rhetorically, the coach’s team has struggled to “walk the walk” against the Gamecocks on the field in recent years, losing its last three games against USC by a combined score of 97-37.

Spurrier’s Gamecocks (6-0, 4-0 SEC) will take the nation’s longest winning streak into LSU’s Death Valley this weekend (for a preview of that matchup, click here).  They’ll visit Clemson’s Death Valley on November 24.