COLUMBIA – Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney couldn’t be more different.As the starting quarterback at the University of Florida, Spurrier was the big man on campus. By the time his collegiate career was over, he walked away with the Heisman Trophy and a National Football League career.A statue of him stands outside The Swamp and a tribute to him inside the stadium.Swinney was not heavily recruited, but fought his way on to the University of Alabama football team as a walk-on wide receiver. He won the admiration of Crimson Tide coaches and teammates for his toughness as he fought his way onto the field, making significant contributions to the team.Following stints as an assistant coach at Florida, Georgia Tech and Duke, Spurrier has had successful stays with the Blue Devils and Gators as a head coach.After an unsuccessful stay with the Washington Redskins, he has done the same at USC which had never been known for its football prowess.He is the winningest coach in both Florida and South Carolina history and is beloved at Duke for leading the Blue Devils to an Atlantic Coast Conference title.Swinney joined Clemson’s staff as a wide receiver coach after being out of the profession.When Tommy Bowden was released he was named the Tigers interim coach and later had that prefix removed, in large part, because he led the team to a victory over Spurrier and the Gamecocks. Clemson running back C.J. Spiller (28) hugs South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood (40) after the Tigers’ 34-17 loss to the Gamecocks Saturday, November 28, 2009 at Carolina’s Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia.Who would have thought that would be Swinney’s last happy occasion in the rivalry?Swinney has led Clemson to one of the winningest periods in a football history filled with success. That has meant his named being linked with several high profile programs looking for talented young coaches.Luckily for Tiger fans, Swinney appears happy with the job he has.Due to the five-game losing streak to his rival, Swinney has installed clocks counting down to the start of this year’s game between the rivals.There are other remembrances of the Gamecocks’ domination of the series over the past five seasons that Swinney hopes will lead to Clemson turning things around.Spurrier, on the other hand, took down all references to Clemson in Williams-Brice Stadium saying winning a Southeastern Conference championship is a much bigger goal.Anyone who thinks The Head Ball Coach doesn’t want to desperately defeat Clemson for a sixth straight time, however, is fooling themselves.Spurrier and the Gamecocks enter Saturday’s encounter with a five-game winning streak over their rivals.In a series in which USC fans have become accustomed to claiming a victory every once in a while over the Tigers, that has been enough to make Spurrier a legend among Gamecock Nation.That has led to Spurrier, who has always been quick with the wisecracks, putting Swinney in his crosshairs.Never intimidated by Spurrier’s jabs, Swinney has given as good as he got.Probably his most memorable shot came following a Clemson practice in which he responded to something he incorrectly thought Spurrier said about his program.“That’s why Carolina is in Chapel Hill and USC is in California,” Swinney said the Thursday after the Tigers’ third straight loss to the Gamecocks. “The university in this state always has been, always will be Clemson and that’s right here in Clemson, South Carolina.“You can print that, tweet that.”Although Spurrier did not have an immediate response, he now refers to UNC as “Dabo’s Carolina.”Swinney’s comments, which came two days prior to the Tigers soundly defeating Virginia Tech to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, endeared him to the Clemson fan base.There hasn’t been a lot of verbal shots on either side this season as neither team has played to the level of its most recent seasons.Clemson enters with an 8-3 mark, while USC is 6-5 and just became bowl eligible following back-to-back wins over Florida and South Alabama.But, hey, the week is early. There is plenty of time for the gloves to come off between these two coaches who are actually friendly away from the football field.The good news for both programs is they seemed paired with a coach that is a perfect fit.Let the fun begin.