Posted: 11:14 am Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Spurrier and Dabo Swinney … in a wrestling match 

By Michael Carvell

Steve Spurrier (right) has four 2014 commits from Georgia (AP)

The Odd Couple has 9 total commits from Georgia (AP)

The never-ending feud between Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney was one of the highlights of the bowl season.

The South Carolina and Clemson coaches each took subtle jabs at each other after bowl victories, even though their teams weren’t playing each other.

The archrival coaches crossed paths on the recruiting trail this week in Georgia.

Spurrier and Swinney happened to show up on the same day at the same time at North Gwinnett High to check on different prospects.

Did everybody just duck and hide?

If you were expecting some tense moments or a WWE Steel Cage Match to break out, you’d be disappointed. Without TV cameras around to trade barbs and ignite their fan bases, the two got along like perfect gentlemen (But we’ll stick to the fun and folklore, and just say the good behavior was only because impressionable kids were closely watching).

North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire picks up the story:

“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. 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.’

“Anyways, 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.’

“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. I think it’s funny.”

Spurrier has won five straight against Swinney, and hasn’t been shy about letting people know (at least publicly).

Clemson and South Carolina aren’t recruiting head-to-head against each other for any North Gwinnett players. Offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt is one of the nation’s top juniors and is considered a Clemson lean because of his family connections to the ACC school. North Gwinnett senior defensive end Dante Sawyer committed to South Carolina over Missouri last month, but has generated interest from other colleges since registering three sacks in the Army All-American Bowl.

“There were people who would probably like to get back in on Dante but he’s done,” Sphire said. “He’s firm with South Carolina. The Ol’ Ball Coach is really excited about him. He’s losing a few defensive linemen that can play. They’ve kind of had a little run on some guys up front. Dante played great in that all-star game. If we had won that game, he probably would’ve won MVP.”

WR Caleb Scott (247sports)

WR Caleb Scott (247sports)

  • How dedicated is North Gwinnett wide receiver Caleb Scott to his faith? Scott bumped up his official visit to TCU to Thursday because of a prior commitment to attend “Young Life” camp this weekend. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior is one of the state’s hottest prospects, picking up offers from Missouri, Nebraska and TCU within the last week. With signing day less than two weeks away, it’s going to be hectic for Scott. “He’s really big into mission trips, and had a Young Life camp set up — and that’s a really, really important part of his life,” Sphire said. Vanderbilt could be Scott’s next offer, and some other big schools are reviewing his senior film. “It’s funny how this works,” Sphire said. “I got the feeling there might be some others out there that will come in.” Why is Scott on fire? “You have a combination of things. First off, when you have multiple guys on the team that can be recruited, I think most college coaches like to separate them. (Missouri WR commit) Nate Brown was having a monster year for us. But I think, in reality, Caleb is physically a late bloomer. His measurables now versus last summer are a lot different. He’s 190 pounds now. And I think everybody kind of had to see how he was going to develop. Obviously the season we played with the kind of teams we played against, that’s a grind. You have 15 games, plus our scrimmage against Stephenson. Caleb basically went through a high school SEC schedule. He had a great year, and was still rocking and rolling in the state championship game. I think everybody was still waiting to see how he would physically develop. He’s always been a great route runner with ball skills. He’s an extremely skilled athlete. He’s a punt return guy. He walks out here and wins 100 hurdles in region and doesn’t even work at it. It was just something he does because some of our football coaches are helping with the track team. It’s not something he works at. He’s just a very gifted athlete. More than anything, he is just one of those guys who is going to get more physically strong. His physical maturity is going to be there, and colleges are realizing that.”

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69 comments
FireSomebody
FireSomebody

I can guarantee you Spurrier and Dabo are not "good friends."  Friendly?  Sure.  Friends?  No.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poultry Azz

I know who you are. You're that clown dawg hater! You're busted!

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

let them 2 loosers fight it out we are so loaded right now that we dont even need these 2 recruts. as for the cage match I would way rather see a scaffol match like in starcade that was way more exiting.

thebucket
thebucket

I don't have a dog in this fight, but it was ridiculous that Clemson was allowed to play in a BCS bowl this year after getting clobbered again by USC.

SonofSammyDavisJrJr
SonofSammyDavisJrJr

Spurrier and Dabo routinely go into JawGA and take out the best all-around players. Those JawGA boys when they go to school in South Carolina they don’t get in trouble. However, send them to Athens and all kinds of things happen.

Caius
Caius

Dawg350  - Did you actually write these two sentences?

"I couldn't care less about Dabo and spurrier! I will check back when their is news on UGA recruiting."

Dawg350
Dawg350

I couldn't care less about Dabo and spurrier! I will check back when their is news on UGA recruiting.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

Richt has a winning record against Spurrier.


Without the superior talent he had at Florida in the 1990's, Spurrier is just another coach.

Andy123
Andy123

@MoistDawg

Spurrier is 10x's more accomplished than Richt will ever be.  If you think UGA will win a NC under Richt, you're delusional.   

POAD2013
POAD2013

@MoistDawg HAHAHAH

VOMIT some more

Losers?

Richt has WHAT compared to Spurrier?.........nothing

Talk your crap after you play Clem&Son this year.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Son of sammy o Jenkins

UGA beat sc and tech this year! So hate all you want chicken breath!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Does tech actually give away free hot dogs and coke??? Lmao! You're even to scared to show who you pull for sport.

Tougher
Tougher

@Dawg350 …..see right there Dawg 350….that comment is why/one of the reasons UGA, HAS THE MOST HATED FAN BASE in the country.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

If The Ole Ball Coach  is just another coach then Richt is high school at best.

AzzKiknChikn
AzzKiknChikn

@TheOldGuy Lol. Are you drunk? Spurrier has turned a mediocre football program around into a contender each and every year. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Nice cop out. But you what I'm talking about. You're that crazy poster dawg hater! Why did you change your screen name buddy??

CWDawg
CWDawg

@POAD2013@MoistDawg 

HAHAHA yourself you Rainbow Warrior.  You have NO room to talk.  What has Tech won???

12 of 13.  Think about it til Nov. 

WDE
WDE

@POAD2013@MoistDawg Well lets see CMR @ UGA has 2 SEC titles vs the Visor's O @ SC he has 2 SEC East titles in 3 years compared to SC's 1 all time and yes that did come under the Visor so you can say at the end of the day with or without the Visor SC has sniffed at a title ONCE ! And yes CMR has a much better chance of a NC at UGA than the Visor does at SC....hard truth fellows deal with it ! 

AzzKiknChikn
AzzKiknChikn

@Dawg350 So you are admitting that you hang your hat on beating South Carolina?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Not tougher than me.

Hate me all you want....I love it! Dawgs rule SC and tech! I love it! You will just have to deal with it !

CWDawg
CWDawg

@POAD2013@TheOldGuy 

12 of 13......THINK ABOUT IT.  LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thebucket
thebucket

@POAD2013@TheOldGuy "When McGarity took over, his vision was to make an already esteemed and respected Southeastern Conference athletics department the best in the United States. In his two years at the helm thus far, McGarity’s athletic department has been able to donate between $4 million and $5 million annually back to the university itself. In fact, McGarity says the department has returned about $25 million back to UGA over the last decade." http://education-executive.com/index.php/featured-reports/1232-university-of-georgia-athletic-department


That's just one example of the thousands that would exist all across America. Who again is the dumba**?

AzzKiknChikn
AzzKiknChikn

@POAD2013 @TheOldGuy I have never in my life seen a program that thinks they are elite like Bama, Southern Cal, etc and only have 1 national title.

CWDawg
CWDawg

@POAD2013@CWDawg 

I hate to correct you BUT Chics with Dics don't count as girls!   

This is getting boring as hell.  BTW, how much does the AJC pay you as a "professional blogger? 


Goodnight to you and your fruit cake friend Bucky. 

 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@CWDawg

No girls? I guess you are just STUPID like a DWAG. Tech has plenty of women. UGa has more Gay women on campus than TECH does but that would hurt your stupid argument if you actually looked at FACTS. 

CWDawg
CWDawg

@POAD2013@CWDawg 

Ok, I don't have time for your pathetic comeback.  You and THEBuckeye bundle up tight.  It's gonna be a cold one tonight.  Don't forget the KY!  Goodnight you love birds!  

CWDawg
CWDawg

@POAD2013@CWDawg 

GT is the school with NO girls except for a couple of BULL DYKES.  So, that would make you GAY FOCKER.

12 of 13.....THINK ABOUT IT!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@CWDawg The Rainbow Warriors are the U of Hawaii or butt sniffers like yourself.

12 of 13 is the number of INCORRECT answers given by a UGa football player on any 5th grad math test.

1942MNC
1942MNC

@AzzKiknChikn actually not at full strength, lost Mitchell on first or second series for the year and Gurley was out for 2 1/2 quarters.  Pretty major injuries.  Take out Watkins for the full game and their best back for 2 1/2 quarters and the result would have been more than a 3 point win for UGA.  Clemson is in for a long night come September. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@WDE so an SEC Title and 2 almost shots at a National Championship Spurrier has 2 NC's 2 Heisman Winners and I don't know how many SEC Titles. Richt's can't even come close to being 1/2 the coach Spurrier is.


Send Richt to Kentucky and have him win a SEC Title, then you can say he is as good as Spurrier MAYBE.

WDE
WDE

@POAD2013 lets see numbnuts oh yeah CMR won a SEC title after a 20 year drought . And put us in the hunt for the NC a least twice something the Visor has never done at SC.And by the way Holtz did a pretty good job of laying the foundation for the Visor if you can remember that far back.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@WDE

What does Spurrier have as a HEAD COACH compared to Richt as a head Coach. Stop trying to belittle Spurrier as the SC coach and compare Richt  v Spurrier as a head coach. The VISOR has done it at DUKE..who could recruit at Duke...he did it at FLORIDA....who could do it at Florida(before Spurrier)....He has done it a SC...who could do it as SC before Spurrier? What has RICHT done at UGa? He has done the same thing EVERY UGa coach has done.....Have recruits just walk in the door no matter who the coach was and still not win much with all that talent. RICHT is NOTHING but a nice guy and an average coach at best.

WDE
WDE

@AzzKiknChikn@WDE@POAD2013@MoistDawg we beat your butt by 11 this year and it wasn't that close..take your butt hurt home to Mommy come back when you have won anything....and they don't give out titles for rankings .But since you have NEVER had one we forgive you for not knowing that.

AzzKiknChikn
AzzKiknChikn

@WDE @POAD2013 @MoistDawg LULZ! Spurrier has South Carolina into a contender each and every year. We finished #4. Where was Georgia? Maybe if they get those thugs out of trouble, they might field a good team.

CWDawg
CWDawg

@POAD2013@Dawg350 

HAHAHAHA....you Rainbow warrior.  

So, let me get this straight, you sissies can find a way to win against UGA because you guys are TOO smart???

Great logic!

That really doesn't make sense does it egg head?  Duke, Stanford, and even Vanderbilt all had top 25 seasons.


12 of 13....laugh at that til Nov.   I know I will!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350 

And hanging your UGa ELITE status on beating a team with with NO 5 Stars EVER and mostly 2 starts is your claim to FAME?    HHAHAHA  you are having sex with your hand covered with Red Lipstick and thinking you are WINNING....LOL UGa beating TECH is like TYSON beating up a Special Ed kid i a wheelchair.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poultry azz

I hang my hat on whoever we beat from week to week. I don't discriminate! Y'all will be back to losing after losing shaw and clowney!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad...

12 out of the last 13.....and it's only going too get worse! Lmao!

AzzKiknChikn
AzzKiknChikn

@Dawg350 Thank you for proving my point. You hang your hat on beating South Carolina now. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350 How long ago was that? It is almost as long ago as UGa won a Title.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Not as funny as tech giving away hot dawgs! Lmao!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Azz

I don't even know what you are asking?? We beat you this year mr grad! That's all that matters to wimp.

AzzKiknChikn
AzzKiknChikn

@Dawg350 And how many where you alive for? I'm glad you hang your hat on beating us now. Enjoy those 5 losses.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Azzpoultry

I hang my hat on whoever we beat! What's it to you brah?? 47-17 series lead! How's them apples?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tougher

Tech didn't finish 4th in the nation. Talk about delusional!

Tougher
Tougher

@Dawg350 …dude we finished fourth in the country last year….UGA finished…..not even on the radar….all though y'all beat us….note taken.

Tougher
Tougher

@thebucket @AzzKiknChikn @POAD2013 @TheOldGuy …just  the way they have all ways been. Again one of the reasons they are the most HATED SEC fan base. Now, I enjoy going to Athens to tailgate, Sanford stadium etc….I love the pageantry there…..a little stuffy but I get by it.