The sometimes playful, sometimes hostile football war of words between South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is well known. It stretches across state lines, at least into the fertile recruiting grounds of Atlanta's suburbs.
Which made for some amusing interaction this week at North Gwinnett High when the two head coaches showed up on campus on separate recruiting missions.
Upon the odd path-crossing, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Michael Carvell reports that North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire came up with a creative idea: A wrestling match.
"Dabo was in here first," Sphire said, "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 thousand 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."
Swinney was at North Gwinnett to see offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt.
Spurrier was visiting defensive end Dante Sawyer.
Wrestling will have to wait.
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