Swinney says retraction comes too late
Sat, 03 Dec 2011 00:10:29 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) - Not too many radio calls can set off this much controversy, but Gamecock play-by-play man Todd Ellis' final call of Saturday TMs 34-13 South Carolina win over Clemson sending shockwaves across the state, with a little help from social media.
According to USC, a recruiting coordinator for the football team mistakenly attributed the entire statement to head football coach Steve Spurrier through a comment on Twitter.
Spurrier has been known to proclaim that his program is not LSU or Alabama, the Clemson part was ad-libbed by Ellis.
"Todd Ellis referred to that and added his own snippet at the end saying something about Clemson," said USC Sports Information Director Steve Fink. "Coach (Spurrier) has never said anything about Clemson in that regard."
One day after a post practice diatribe in which he lobbed verbal grenades at both Spurrier and South Carolina, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney not backing down.
"If my media puts something out that I said, and if it was nationally perceived that I said it, I promise you that I would correct it," said Swinney.
"I would make sure that it was made known, especially if it was something derogatory that I wouldn't want my name attached too."