Swinney: Pick up the phone

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney.

CLEMSON -- After unleashing a verbal volley directed at South Carolina's football program 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 after practice Thursday about a disparaging comment reportedly made by USC coach Steve Spurrier after the USC-Clemson game last week. Swinney responded by reeling off a number of reasons why Clemson is a superior football program to South Carolina. However, it turns out the statement attributed to Spurrier was actually made by Gamecocks radio announcer Todd Ellis.

"I really don't have any comment," Swinney said Friday. "I heard today that it supposedly wasn't said (by Spurrier), and that's great. ... 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 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.' "

After USC's 34-13 victory last Saturday, Ellis said on the air, "As Coach Spurrier says, we might not be LSU or Alabama, but we ain't Clemson, folks."

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