Lost in translation: Swinney says 'pick up the phone'

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney.

CLEMSON – After unleashing a verbal volley directed at South Carolina Thursday, energizing both fan bases, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Friday he wished South Carolina would have "picked up the phone" to clear up any misunderstanding.

Swinney was asked about a comment after practice Thursday that was incorrectly attributed to Steve Spurrier. Swinney responded by enumerating the number of ways Clemson was a superior football program to South Carolina.

"I really don't have any comment," Swinney said. "I heard today that it supposedly wasn't said (by Spurrier), and that's great. It's awful convenient on Thursday. I know this, that if my media put something out that I said and if it was nationally perceived that I said it, I promise you, I would correct it. I would make sure that it was made known that especially something that is derogatory that I wouldn't want my name attached to. I would make sure that it was clear, or I'd pick up the phone and I'd call and say, 'Hey, there's something out there that people are saying I said and I didn't say it.'"

Swinney was asked to comment on an inflammatory quote a reporter attributed to Spurrier following practice Thursday. The quote was part of South Carolina play-by-play man Todd Ellis' call at the end of the game Saturday. Said Ellis: "As Coach Spurrier says, we might not be LSU or Alabama, but we ain't Clemson, folks."

The quote was also attributed to Spurrier on Twitter by @GamecockFB, an account controlled by the football office.