Commentary: Spurrier can’t take a compliment

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie found a way to get along with President Barack Obama when the prez offered help after Superstorm Sandy blew through, so why can’t a couple of football coaches get along over what seemed to be a heartfelt commiseration?

After South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore badly injured his knee in a game on Saturday, coach Dabo Swinney of upstate rival Clemson offered some pithy regret.

“It took my breath away,” Swinney said. “I was watching and it just breaks my heart. I mean, I just hurt for him and his family and his teammates. This is a guy that, to me, represents all the good things that college football should be about. He’s a guy I know personally. He’s a class young man and so is his family. I know how hard he has worked.

“If there is anybody I would bet on it is Marcus Lattimore. I know it will be a long process, but I tell you what, I would put my money on Marcus Lattimore in a heartbeat. When he comes to terms with this, he will do everything he can to come back. My prayers go out to him and his family. I have been heavy-hearted for him. He is a winner in every regard. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of him from a football standpoint. He has been a great representative for his family and his university. I will lift him up in my prayers.”

Steve Spurrier, Lattimore’s coach, couldn’t quite fathom the sentiment.

“A lot of quotes came across the country and I read one today from the head coach at our upstate school,” Spurrier said. “You know, that school that used to beat us a lot that doesn’t beat us much anymore, that one.

“Usually when that coach up there talks about South Carolina it’s a bunch of garbage and a bunch of BS usually. But I have to agree with him on what he said the other day.”

Spurrier’s picking up his own garbage on this one.

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