Spurrier counters Bowden remarks

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COLUMBIA - A quip about Steve Spurrier's recent raise might have woken up South Carolina's ball coach, who sounds more than ready to spar with another member of the Bowden family.

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Clemson's Tommy Bowden made comments about Steve Spurrier's recent raise, prompting Spurrier, shown,  to respond. ''Their bowl game wasn't a lot of fun,'' Spurrier said.  Special
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Clemson's Tommy Bowden made comments about Steve Spurrier's recent raise, prompting Spurrier, shown, to respond. ''Their bowl game wasn't a lot of fun,'' Spurrier said.

It was well into Clemson's early December gathering about bowl preparations when coach Tommy Bowden, fresh off a 7-5 regular season, was asked about the nearly half-million dollar raise Spurrier received after also going 7-5.

"It's amazing how this thing works because I'm at a place where seven gets you fired. He's at a place where seven gets you a raise," Bowden said.

Bowden's line got a chuckle from the room. It also apparently got Spurrier's attention.

Spurrier fired back a couple of weeks later, telling Bowden if he hoped for a similar raise to talk to his bosses and find out if they think he's as good as coach as Spurrier or others.

Now twice in the past week, Spurrier had pointed words for his in-state rival.

The latest jab came last Sunday when Spurrier denied he tried to take assistant Chris Rumph away from the Tigers.

"Someone in the Upstate is lying," Spurrier told The (Columbia) State on Sunday.

Spurrier's statement followed word that Bowden, through a school spokesman, had said Rumph was called by a South Carolina assistant. Spurrier remains unsure how Clemson got the idea he wanted Rumph.

"I don't know how they arrived at that," he said Wednesday. "You'd have to ask them."

Bowden did not want to comment, according to a school spokesman.

Sportstalk radio host Phil Kornblut says Spurrier hasn't initiated the dustups. "But if you fire the first shot, you can expect a couple of shots to come back at you (from Spurrier)," said Kornblut, whose show broadcasts throughout South Carolina.

Spurrier hasn't spoken with Bowden about the Rumph situation.

"I don't talk to him. But I don't talk lot of coaches," Spurrier said.

It wasn't the first time this off-season that Spurrier let people know his thoughts on the Tigers.

While discussing the sale of commemorative game balls from South Carolina's 31-28 win over Clemson, Spurrier outlined things that have gone wrong in Tigertown since.

"It seems like Clemson's guys have had some negatives, haven't they?" Spurrier said in The Greenville News.

Spurrier pointed out Clemson's 28-20 loss to Kentucky in the Music City Bowl and how the school lost some expected recruits last week - Markish Jones to Florida State and two others because of academic concerns.

"Their bowl game wasn't a lot of fun," Spurrier said. "They're losing guys to FSU, losing them to academics. They're losing them all over the place, aren't they?"

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stonewall
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stonewall 02/15/07 - 10:25 am
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Bowden better watch out. He

Bowden better watch out. He doesn't seem to have the intellectual capability to engage Spurrier in a battle of wits. He threw the first punch, and hasn’t been able to counter. “Someone in the Upstate is lying.” Classic…

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stumpjumper 02/15/07 - 11:36 am
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I am a loyal Georgia Bulldog

I am a loyal Georgia Bulldog fan and alumni, however; I know Steve and respect his ability as a coach. Having two sons to graduate from SC, naturally I'm a Gamecock fan unless they're playing Georgia. I pull for UGA & USC and anyone that's playing Clemson, even if it were Benedict or Grambling. Tommy needs to get a grip......or maybe even a job. Maybe he should take up his predisessors habits of chewing tobacco and spitting it on National TV or looking directly in the camera a using unforbidable language. All those Clemson fans that think the mighty Danny Ford was so great should look back. Whose players did he win the national championship with, it sure wasn't his. It was his predisessor's players, not his. Where is Dannyboy now ? He couldn't keep his pant's up and consequently, can't find job coaching. Tommy is running a close second..................................

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BeckyTiger 02/15/07 - 11:52 am
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Steve Spurrier is a horrible

Steve Spurrier is a horrible individual on all accounts. HE is the one who lies, cheats, and coaches a bad game. Bowden is an honorable coach, and more importantly, an honorable man. Spurrier sure can't lay claim to that. College athletics is about more than winning games. Tommy makes sure those football players know that they are students first, then athletes. As a Clemson student, I am proud to have Tommy Bowden as our coach. I'd rather have someone who cares about building integrity than building "ammo" to use in an argument in the newspapers. The reason Tommy doesn't have a counter attack against Spurrier is that he doesn't need to. Let Spurrier keep on trying to egg him on, what is this middle school? Tommy doesn't sink to his low-life level of coaching or living.

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Dedicated 02/15/07 - 12:04 pm
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To Becky

To Becky Tiger........INTEGRITY??? and this is from the school that paid its players more than the NFL to win a national championship.....Give me a break!

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bowler 02/15/07 - 01:27 pm
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tommy bowden's daughter has a

tommy bowden's daughter has a lot of integrity as well

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 02/15/07 - 02:08 pm
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Sorry, I don't really care

Sorry, I don't really care for Steve Spurrier although you can't deny his coaching ability. It IS hard though to see how a school like South Carolina would offer such a raise to a coach who could only win 7 games. As a UGA alumnus, I have no love for Spurrier and in reality was sorry to see him come back to the SEC. He has a monumental task ahead of him though at South Carolina...

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cornercarver 02/15/07 - 03:43 pm
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If you go 7-5 with the talent

If you go 7-5 with the talent Bowden had... you should be fired.

bigced79
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bigced79 02/15/07 - 05:27 pm
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Why does either coach care

Why does either coach care about the others recruiting class unless they were recruiting the same players? Why does one care about the others salary? You are getting paid to do a job at Clemson or South Carolina. You signed the contract, make it work!

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SouthAugusta07 02/15/07 - 05:52 pm
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I am so glad that the "BALL

I am so glad that the "BALL COACH" is back! I did not fully embrace the kinder gentler version of the Ball Coach! Welcome back "BALL COACH UNPLUGGED!" Your next move should be to run up the score like you use to do in the 90s!

govdog
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govdog 02/15/07 - 06:17 pm
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Bowden is upset because he is

Bowden is upset because he is failing miserably. His days at CU are numbered.

bigdaddymg6998
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bigdaddymg6998 02/15/07 - 07:51 pm
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You have to understand...

You have to understand... Clemson is on a downward spiral... and USC is picking it up... USC didn't have the talent as Clemson did...but they found ways to win and the ones they didn't they could of won with the change of only ONE play... In my book Spurrier is a great coach that likes to take risks... And Bowden is as boring as they come... Next year you will see SC at eight, nine wins while Clemson will be well... struggling to make a bowl game

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cutiger 02/15/07 - 10:04 pm
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As a Clemson student, I am

As a Clemson student, I am proud to say that Tommy Bowden is our coach and NOT Steve Spurrier. Yes, the end of our football season was disappointing, but at least we have a coach with some integrity. Sports aren't all about winning games. I would much rather attend a school who loses with dignity than a school whose students throw water bottles on the field when they feel a bad call has been made. Spurrier has shown his true colors many times this season, and they aren't pretty. Is he a good coach? Sure. Is he a good person? No.

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Dedicated 02/15/07 - 10:25 pm
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Hey

Hey cutiger......wa-wa-wa.......go whine to someone who cares what a Clemson Student thinks.

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guest1 02/16/07 - 12:23 am
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How did this discussion

How did this discussion degrade so quickly? The article stated that Bowden fired the first salvo, and Spurrier shot back. I'm glad to see them taking pot-shots at each other. It makes the rivalry a little more interesting.

Next Year's Score: USC 42 Tiggers 13

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BeckyTiger 02/16/07 - 01:44 am
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To guest1: pretty sure that

To guest1: pretty sure that TIGERS is spelled with just one "G" and not two. Good try though. It DOES make it more interesting, that is for sure. Bowden is much more of an honorable coach: unlike Spurrier, who will sacrifice whatever comes his way to make the points. Once again, glad to have Tommy than Steve.

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CSRAider 02/16/07 - 08:10 am
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Footballers dont have

Footballers dont have anything to do this time of year but B&M. If you were to take a look at both Schools world class Baseball is being played by 2 great Teams and I wonder how much money The BB coaches make. I bet both together wont get close to one of your precious football coaches. Remember People Baseball IS Americas pasttime.

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AGR354 02/16/07 - 09:34 am
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Baseballer American’s pastime

Baseballer American’s pastime is Baseball, but American’s Passion is Football. Spurrier’s best days are over. He will never win a SEC Championship in Columbia, but he will continue to be a great recruiter until he goes on probation. Bowden best pick it up or he is gone back to Florida with Dad. He cost Clemson a couple of games this year because he wouldn’t play Merriweather. Clemson Still needs Ditka

govdog
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govdog 02/16/07 - 11:03 am
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I can't understand why these

I can't understand why these top recruits could not get into CU. William Perry (the Fridge) graduated with a Basket Weaving degree from CU. Sounds like the Board has started the elimination process for Bowden. There SAT scores were higher than a majority of the entire team for the past three years and now all of a sudden CU has academic standards that are higher than the NCAA. Come on! How could CU have the talent they have a lose to some of the teams they lost to. Until CU gets rid of Bowden and the thugs. There program will be headed toward the same path that USC was before Spurrier got there.

AGR354
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AGR354 02/16/07 - 11:25 am
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William majored in PRTM

William majored in PRTM (Parks Recreation and Tourism Management) He did not graduate. He didn’t need too. The academic standards at Clemson have been increased so much I believe the University is falling away from its Mission stated in Thomas Green Clemson’s Will. To Educate the Men (and Women) of South Carolina in the Science of Agriculture. Clemson must not forget it foundation.

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tigger 2 02/16/07 - 11:32 am
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One thing for sure to all you

One thing for sure to all you dog's and chickens hershel walker or george rogers never got into the end zone at clemson... GO TIGGERS...

govdog
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govdog 02/16/07 - 11:55 am
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Can you say laying bricks in

Can you say laying bricks in the upstate. Go Fridge!

Tip07
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Tip07 02/16/07 - 03:04 pm
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All these Clemson folk are

All these Clemson folk are saying how much INTEGRITY Bowden has....Ask C.J. Spiller how much Coach Bowden has and you may get a surprising answer.

AGR354
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AGR354 02/16/07 - 03:39 pm
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Can you say laying bricks in

Can you say laying bricks in the upstate. Go Fridge! And making more money than any one should, Yea go Fridge

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