Dabo Swinney Nov 19, 2022; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney greets tight end Jake Briningstool (9) and running back Will Shipley (middle) after a touchdown by Shipley against the Miami Hurricanes during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

The college football matchup between the Clemson Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks has a little extra spice this weekend after South Carolina’s huge upset of Tennessee last week. However, there was no extra spiciness needed in this in-state rivalry game as far as Dabo Swinney is concerned.

Clemson and USC are big-time rivals that go back to 1896 and it doesn’t really matter what anyone’s records are heading into the game. Even if the Tigers were 11-0 and the Gamecocks were 0-11, there would still be bad blood and a desire on both sides to whip the other one’s butt. Clemson leads the all-time head-to-head series 72-42-4, but none of that matters as soon as both teams step on the field.

That’s perhaps not a sentiment everyone can understand, especially if your team doesn’t have an intense rivalry. Swinney was asked why he loves the rivalry game so much when other coaches try to downplay the excitement around them. He responded by saying that it might have something to do with where he grew up.

“Because I grew up in Alabama,” said Swinney when asked why he loves rivalry games. “Where did you grow up?

“Chicago,” responded the reporters.

“There ya go,” said Swinney.

College football fans appreciated Dabo’s sentiment given that he grew up in an SEC rivalry hotbed.

[Anna Adams]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.