CLEMSON, SC (WIS) - Sometimes things just transcend a rivalry.
As South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is expected to announce his retirement at a noon news conference, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney wished the Head Ball Coach well as he rides off into the college football sunset.
"Coach Spurrier is great for college football," Swinney said at his weekly news conference. "I have a ton of respect for him and what he's done for college football."
Swinney said he spoke to Spurrier by phone on Tuesday morning after word leaked out about Spurrier's status with the University.
The football rivalry and the professional one between Spurrier and Swinney was the stuff made of legends. While Swinney won his first rivalry game in his coaching debut in 2008, Spurrier ripped off five straight against the in-state rivals from 2009 to 2013.
The war of words between the two also made for some great headlines (Editor's Note: Thanks for that, Steve and Dabo).
Swinney admitted that while the two men have had their back-and-forths, they have a "tremendous amount of mutual respect for one another" and said that Spurrier was "one of the best to ever walk the sidelines."
"He took South Carolina to a level they've never seen before" Swinney said.