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Dabo Swinney Talks Trash

CLEMSON COACH: “THERE’S ONLY ONE REAL (USC)” 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…

CLEMSON COACH: “THERE’S ONLY ONE REAL (USC)”

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.

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95 comments

Just another Guy October 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

Can we say 64-16 this year. SOS will want to destroy Clemtech and Abo better watch who he is talking to. It will be fun this year I think.

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Good Ole Boy October 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

Beatdown number 4 is coming!

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Hey Jude October 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

Look forward to wipeing our butts on an orange pussy!

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Educator October 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Our neighbors to the north say there is only one Carolina and it isn’t Garnet and Black.

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scsince60 October 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm

“USC” does sort of make sense for the University of South Carolina, doesn’t it? “SC” get it? South Carolina. I doubt there is much thought of poaching the University of Souther California’s nickname. Both Texas and Tennessee are called “UT” with equal fervor by their fans. Also, what dimwit would argue that “Carolina” doesn’t apply to both North and South Carolina? It all depends on your locale and who you root for. If the legislature had not decided to rename the upstate school, Clemson University in 1964, Dabo’s cap would have “CAC” on it for Clemson Agricultural College. Both stadiums are “Death Valley” just as probably dozens of teams are “tigers”. Boring topic. Yawn.

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Thomas Green October 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Clemson was never Clemson Agricultural College…it was Clemson A&M. At least get your trash talk right.

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Frank Howard October 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Founded 1889.

How’s John C. doing these days “Old Green Tom?”

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scsince60 October 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

If Wikipedia is incorrect, I apologize. It says the “Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina” was established in 1889 by a bill signed by the governor.

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you ain't what you used to be October 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Identity problem?

22 schools are tigers, at least three play in death valley, but only one gave up a record 70 points in a bowl game.

Auburn University
Campbellsville University
Clemson College
DePauw University
Fort Hays State University
Grambling State University
Hampden-Sydney College
Jackson State University
Louisiana State University
University of Memphis
University of Missouri–Columbia
Ouachita Baptist University
University of the Pacific
Princeton University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Savannah State University
Stillman College
Texas Southern University
Towson University
Trinity University
Tuskegee University
Wittenberg University

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My Experience as a high school coach - Dat boy October 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

SEC moves atop conference power rankings

The SEC claimed the top spot in the ESPN Stats & Info’s Conference Power Rankings. The conference has seven teams ranked in the AP Top 25, including three of the top four teams in the nation. No other conference has more than four teams ranked in the Top 25.

The biggest movement of the week occurred in the middle of the rankings. The ACC fell from fourth to sixth after losses by two of its top teams, Florida State and Miami. The Big Ten and Big East moved up a spot as a result.

If there is any question whether the Big East deserves to be ranked ahead of the ACC, consider their head-to-head records. The Big East is 4-3 in games against the ACC this season.

The Big East has three teams ranked in the AP Top 25 for first time since the final poll of the 2009 season. The ACC has just two ranked teams.

The ACC is the only BCS-AQ conference without an undefeated team.

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OhNoNotAgain October 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

If he was confident at heart, he would not respond. Like Richt.

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A face in the crowd October 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Coaches just making sure the stands are packed.

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Frank Wilson October 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

You’ll never win with a coach named Dabo.

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Mike Traynor October 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Dabo is really a dumbo. Why doesn’t he just shut his fucking mouth

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Trevor Bauknight October 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Frank Wilson, if that’s the case, why are you worried about it at all?

Some of you Clemson haters really need to find something constructive to do during the day.

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Mike Traynor October 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Not a Clemson hater. I have a son there. I just hate grandstanding and impotence and incompetence.

That is Dabo.

Why the powers the be at Clemson keep him around is a mystery bigger than the universe.

The guy can’t coach and he will not shut his mouth.

Play the fucking game. Quit talking, Dabo.

BTW, he just gave USC some more chalkboard material–USC might beat them by 50, now.

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Original Good Old Boy October 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Seriously Dabo, is that all you got?

What a clown. Anyone who doesn’t wear orange on Saturdays can see it clearly.

He had plenty time to chew on Spurrier’s pretty innocuous comment and all he could come up with is “our players have never been to USC.”

Well, maybe they’ve never been to USC, but they sure have had their asses kicked by USC — three straight times.

Only fools and little people talk smack when they are getting their asses handed to them on the regular.

Until Dabo can actually beat Spurrier as full-time coach, he should just shut his trap. He’s going to catch hell after he loses yet again this fall.

“Scoreboard,” Dabo. And that’s really the only thing you should be concerned about.

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sid October 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm

One could argue that USC-East is the “real” USC, since it was founded before USC-West, I believe.

According to Wikipedia, LSU has the original Death Valley, stating, “Most people realize that the original Death Valley is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and home of the Louisiana State University Tigers. Clemson then took the Death Valley name and claimed it as their own.”

Ultimately, though, Spurrier has the clear advantage over Swinney at this point. Let’s see how he does with his two DV trips this year

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scsince60 October 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

The University of Southern California was founded in 1880, 79 years after The University of South Carolina, and 9 years before Clemson.

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JoeSchmoe October 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Wikipedia is wrong, as usual. Even LSU fans admit Clemson was first but more than a decade.

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SenseLikeChaps October 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Southern California has beaten South Carolina more than once over this one, because they lawyered up frequently and aggressively over their IP. I’m not saying I enjoyed it, but that’s how the world works.

Doesn’t mean a whole lot to me, as far as I’m concerned South Carolina are the Gamecocks and Clemson are the Clemson Tigers. Not a very distinctive mascot, but hey, more than 20 other schools dig on the tiger, so folks must like it. They also have a nice campus in a beautiful location and you know what I have to say about that? Good for them. I’ve wasted too much time being an asshole to Clemson fans and letting the worst of their fans represent the group as a whole (in my mind).

BTW, games at Memorial Stadium aren’t bad. Short walk to the field from the street, festival atmosphere, great view if you are stuck in the nosebleeds and everyone was nice to me. Just avoid drinking, because Pickens County’s law enforcement are generally out with a vengeance for interlopers.

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sid October 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

“Southern California has beaten South Carolina more than once over this one, because they lawyered up frequently and aggressively over their IP.”

Geeze, nothing like using lawyers to rewrite history. South Carolina may want to consider getting a better legal team.

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Original Good Old Boy October 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Southern Cal beat USC over the trademark to the interlocking SC that USC uses for its baseball caps, because Southern Cal had been using that interlocking SC for longer (or had a trademark for it, or whatever). They do not own the exclusive rights to use “USC.”

If I’ve got my facts wrong, please let me know.

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sid October 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm

If that’s the case, OGOB, then fair enough. USCWest should win a case like that.

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Thomas Green October 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm

South Carolina was designated as a University in the early 1900’s. Southern Cal was designated a University in the late 1800’s. Looks like Southern Cal is the first USC.

Clemson’s stadium was named Death Valley well before LSU and it even says so in LSU’s official history…

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ohnonotagain October 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

USC was founded before California was a state. Think on that.
Southern Cal has not beaten USC about the USC issue.
It has one over the use of the specific trademarked interlocking SC logo that Southern Cal has on its baseball caps and USC’s ray Tanner put on his baseball caps.
Still under appeal, I think, though S.Cal. won the first time.

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Eyes wide open October 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Wikipedia is incorrect, check the facts yourself instead of relying on bullshit you read on here!

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Original Good Old Boy October 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Based on Swinney’s level of sophistication with his smack talk, I’m eagerly awaiting his next move, when he tells Spurrier that Dabo’s daddy could beat up Spurrier’s daddy.

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Trevor Bauknight October 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Yeah. Pales in comparison to that astute Spurrier Death Valley comment.

You guys are such tools. Two choices: 1) lose and go back to being Carolina or 2) keep winning and let everybody know you have the most obnoxious fans in Christendom.

Either way, good luck.

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sid October 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I think option 2 would be fine for most USC fans, TB, but if you honestly think they are the most obnoxious, you really need to get out more.

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Jeffy01 October 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Score board

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Jeffy01 October 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Score board says it all

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Petey October 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Gamecock fans are pretty cocky with the two big make or break games of the season facing them. If they come away 2-0 then they can talk all the shit they want.

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Original Good Old Boy October 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

We can already talk all the smack we want to Clemson.

Three in a row, you know.

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Smirks October 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

If Carolina wins those two games, even Alabama will be sweating bullets.

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Trevor Bauknight October 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Dare to dream.

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Trevor Bauknight October 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm

And by the way, this three-in-a-row thing is pretty cute.

Still, Clemson won four in a row TWICE in the last dozen or so years, and you didn’t see us acting like fans of a program getting its first little taste of success. Winning a national championship does that for you…keeps good seasons in perspective and lets you know the bad are the exception and not the rule.

Eventually, maybe the Gamecocks will win enough to know what that’s like.

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Original Good Old Boy October 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Trevor, LOL. We have a CURRENT three-game win streak — all by blowouts.

Keep bringing up history, while you keep CURRENTLY getting your asses cut.

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Trevor Bauknight October 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Sure, that’s the easy way out.

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Lance Riprock October 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Trevor, Clemson’s national championship* will be forever tainted by steroids and Dannyred Ford’s other cheating ways. You do recall Dannyred getting the boot and Clemson getting the probation, don’t you?

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Smirks October 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

And who has Clemson beat thus far? Auburn? 1-4. Ball State? 3-3. Furman? 2-4. Boston College? 1-4. Georgia Tech? 2-4. Who’s next, Virginia Tech? 3-3. The only two currently ranked teams on their schedule? Gamecocks and Seminoles.

Dabo can talk trash all he wants, but the only team with a winning record he has faced so far has stomped him mercilessly.

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sid October 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

“Winning a national championship does that for you…”

At what point does it start sounding really pathetic to keep harping on a National Championship from days gone by? I think anything over 30 years might be a good starting point, but I’m certainly open to considering other numbers.

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Trevor Bauknight October 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Better than “never, ever.”

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Trevor Bauknight October 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Stomped mercilessly? It was a 12-point loss that Clemson led in the third quarter. On the road in Tallahassee.

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sid October 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm

“Better than ‘never, ever.'”

I guess. Clemson fans can sit around with Syracuse, Ole Miss, Minnesota, Iowa, Maryland, and Washington fans and talk about how great they all used to be. USC fans will probably be happy to talk about how great they are now. But, hey, at least Clemson’s in the top 20 this week.

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Thomas Green October 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Mr. Riprock, Clemson can’t claim a steroid scandal…that was our little brothers to the east…USCe. Along with a cocaine scandal.

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Silvio Dante October 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Tell me more about that Clemson national championship, grandpa.

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Clemson's Asterisk October 12, 2012 at 2:22 am

LOL @ Silvio! Excellent, sir.

To Trevor and anyone else who keeps flapping their jaws about 1981, Lance is right.

That championship was extemely tainted and means much less than a legit championsip.

But go ahead and be proud of it, because it takes the sting off what it’s like to be a Tiger fan these days, doesn’t it?

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OhNoNotAgain October 12, 2012 at 4:58 am

Don’t send Flowers to your mama. Rather have a steroid scandal than that.

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TheFunkyMonkey October 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

There’s only one bigger douche bag than Dabo and that’s BigT…

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south mauldin October 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Cha-ching!!

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mauricio October 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Dabo Swinney the most excitable coach in NCAA football!

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major major October 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Our guys have never been to USC

Post-traumatic amnesia.

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Football October 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

“One could argue” but why fucking bother? It’s a game; coaches should be allowed to have a little fun with it now and again. I swear a guy was on the radio nearly in tears because of this -IDOT.

As for Clemson fans, I’m beginning to hear that familiar whiny-ass girly screeching voice that many of them revert too when they can’t make a convincing case that Carolina is not on a roll which has the entire nation taking notice.

It’s real boys, get used to it.

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Phonebooth Bob October 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm

It’s a game. Lighten up folks. Clemson has a great history. We are making one.

Personally I want Clemson in the top 10 when we school their asses again this year.

Coaches Spurrier and Sweeney are having some fun, that’s all.

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anywho October 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Clemson stole its stadium nickname from LSU and its mascot from Auburn. Sad.

Dabo’s mouth is once again writing a check his team can’t cash. He shouldn’t talk shit in a year when his team is going to be shredded a fourth straight year by USC-Original / USC-3rd ranked. He won’t even have an ACC “Championship” or BCS bowl as balm.

For now the only bleat that the Taters have is that USC’s history is not as good as Clemson’s and that based on USC’s history, it’s present success will not last the season. No argument can be made to refute such nonsense because it is, well, nonsense. But as far as the relevance of history goes, this article does a nice job of explaining why it’s a non-factor on gameday:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1365759-south-carolina-football-gamecocks-will-lose-if-historys-poor-play-continues

My favorite excerpts from it are:

“History is apparently the most important aspect of a football team’s play. Without history, you can’t do well.

That’s why so many teams that have won national championships in the past have done so well recently.

If you look at the list of National Champions, you see a who’s who of teams. The BCS has only been around since 1998, but there have been many National Champions.

This history has allowed teams like Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Penn (not Penn State), Army, California, Cornell, Illinois, Iowa, Washington, Lafayette, Mississippi, SMU, TCU, Arizona State, Chicago, BYU, Centre (for what?), Colgate and Clemson to continue to be dominant forces in football.”

The part about Clemson couldn’t be more true. Go Cocks!

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anywho October 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

“Teams like Centre, Colgate, and Clemson” – hilarious!

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CNSYD October 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

anywho,

I know facts/history are an anathema to you but this statement, “Clemson stole its stadium nickname from LSU” is factually incorrect. The name was given to Clemson’s stadium by an opposing coach.

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Really?!? October 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Love you Gamecocks! Hope you go undefeated until you get to the Valley! Would love to rain on that parade! Keep talking shit!

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anywho October 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

It’s just sort of pitiful when a loser like Swinney talks trash, though, isn’t it?

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sid October 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Already going to happen on Saturday, when undefeated USC visits Death Valley.

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porchsitter October 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

First Dabo runs off a cop who writes him up for speeding.

Now he is trying to outwit the old ball coach, which might be all the encouragement needed to put an ol’ fashioned ass whipping on Dabo. (AND what EXACTLY is a Dabo Some kind of orange dildo?)

At any rate, Clemson has been known to run off better coaches with better records for far less foolishness.

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Really?!? October 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Wish I was a loser making 1.9 million a year………

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major major October 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Guess you’ll have to settle for just being a loser.

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sid October 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I’m not really a fan of posting congrats for other people’s posts, but damn, that one had to leave a mark.

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Clemson is a joke October 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Dabo is so cute. He’s like an anxious little puppy that really wants to run with the big dogs but unfortunately, his nuts were clipped years ago. Poor little fella.

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Old Bike Dude October 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Lol no shit.

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Hey Jude October 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

That must be one of his clipped nuts in the side of his mouth!
Or, maybe a little Gamecock penis.

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Nigeria October 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

How many scholarships did he give away to teammates to get a commitment from Nkemdiche? Plus a trip to Nigeria to wag his ears at the mother? I hope that dude ends up at Ole Miss

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Old Bike Dude October 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

My favorite Dabo quote from last years Orange Bowl. “After tonight they’re gonna be talking about Clemson’s defense for a long time”. He said this just before the game.
True Dabo, very true.

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sid October 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm

It’s been a while, but since the topic of that game was raised…WV Just Scored Again!

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Really?!? October 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Good one Major! I doubt you would want to compare financial statements……redneck

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Original Good Ole Boy October 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Somebody’s butt hurt.

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ohnonotagain October 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

You know, EVERYBODY has scored on Clemson this year.
Furman. Ball State.
Stop the bleeding, Dabs.

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Frank Howard October 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

My man “Beano.”

Two legends in their own time if you don’t mind my saying so.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeLp2raWqyc

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Frank Howard October 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Hahahaha!! I’m winning.

Really?! You’re gonna deny me this post?? Really? Is this you, Folks, or is this one of your unpaid interns?

“Even if I must say so myself, two legends in their own time:”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeLp2raWqyc

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Richard October 11, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Watching Dumbo trying to match wits with Spurrier is like watching a special olympics kid try to race Usain Bolt. Bless his heart Dumbo just can’t help being a retard.

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Destiny Now October 12, 2012 at 2:12 am

Hey, that kind of crap will get you a wheelbarrow load of admonishment from the politically correct gestapo. Cease and desist or be castigated. What do you think this is, the internet or something?

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Madcock October 12, 2012 at 1:42 am

Take’s a real genius to trash talk a team you’re 1-3 against.

If we’re not the real USC, it’s a good thing for the taters Dabo doesn’t face the Trojans every season.

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Destiny Now October 12, 2012 at 2:09 am

The University of South Carolina, Columbia, is a four-year, coeducational, public research university located in Columbia, South Carolina. It was established in 1801.
http://www.forbes.com/colleges/university-of-south-carolina-columbia/

The University of Southern California is a four-year, coeducational, private research university located in Los Angeles, California. It was established in 1880.
http://www.forbes.com/colleges/university-of-southern-california/

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Jim Sweet October 12, 2012 at 6:22 am

I love the man he bleeds for Clemson. Dabo has brung so much hipe and fire to our school and none of us is surprised hes got the coots crieing for mercy. Dabo is the man!

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Clemson's Asterisk October 13, 2012 at 2:32 am

Show me the part where the Gamecocks are crieing (sic) for mercy.

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Darth October 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

We’ve known Frank Howard and Dabo is no Frank Howard. Dabo should be Dabo, even if that is just being a doofus.

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Okay October 12, 2012 at 10:34 am

I’m trying hard to think of someone who’s spoken so much trash while not accomplishing anything and getting beaten so badly by the guy he’s trash talking.

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Hey Jude October 12, 2012 at 10:47 am

Let’s see….orange…pumpkins, marking tape, crime scene markings, prison uniforms…and , oh yea tigers……oh, sorry almost forgot chicken shit is orange, purple with little corn kernels!!

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upper deck October 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Yeah, Clemson colors orange and purple! Aren’t these primary colors in the gay pride flag……seems appropriate!

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shifty henry October 12, 2012 at 11:07 am

Jacksonville State University (in Alabama) are also the “GAMECOCKS” (colors – red and white). Look it up in Wikipedia, and link to Notable Alumni for interesting info.

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shifty henry October 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

….also see their logo.

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shifty henry October 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

Their mascot is also called “COCKY”. Spurrier should sue them.

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mph October 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

Dabo handed a reporter a piece of paper asking him to ask a question about the Death Valley.

Keep giving USC, er, I mean Carolina, ugh, I mean the team that keeps beating your ass more press clippings, Dabo. Fucking moron.

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CNSYD October 12, 2012 at 9:05 pm

mph,

I don’t recall seeing you there. You were an eye witness to this?

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Clemson's Asterisk October 13, 2012 at 2:30 am

You’re actually asking? You’re THAT obsessed that you couldn’t tell he was kidding?

You were kidding right, mph? Hahahaha

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Easleyjack October 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Let’s be clear. The Ole Ballsack coach started this one. The biggest 2 weeks in the history of the schools football program and he ain’t focused. Sad.

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Clemson's Asterisk October 13, 2012 at 2:31 am

Oh, he’s focused. What’s funny is how the taters are focused on THIS.

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haha October 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Spurrier is more than focused, but Dabo better keep his team focused or they might get scored on even in a bye week.

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