I'll admit up front, my first thought was: 'what would the ol' ball coach have said?'
During Jimbo Fisher's call-in show Wednesday, someone served him up a high, hanging curveball.
He declined to bite, showing not only restraint, but class.
Asked to respond to Dabo Swinney's opinion that if Florida State and Clemson played 10 times, "we'd probably win five, and they'd probably win five,' Fisher - speaking from the winning side of a whopping 37-point final margin - answered graciously.
According to the Orlando Sentinel's Brendan Sonnone, "with the audience cheering and Fisher smiling, the FSU coach said:
'They have a great ball club and you’ll never know how each game goes. You watch a World Series game, a team can win 10-0 one day, lose 10-0 the next the day. Good teams play, and that’s the thing about athletics, every game has its own life. That’s the thing about athletics that we just don’t understand. A team could win big one day, the other team can win the next day.
'On a different day, maybe they do it. But that’s a game in which we played well. I still kind of like our team pretty much, too.'"
The context of Swinney's remarks came in a discussion of Clemson's mistakes, which he said prevented a fair assessment of the relative strength of the two teams.
“We didn’t give ourselves a chance - didn't give our fans a chance," Swinney said. "You can’t even really assess it. They have some areas in which they are ahead of us but we are going to catch up. They aren’t that much better than us, and we certainly aren’t that bad.”
Whatever the merits of Swinney's assertion, Fisher chose to take the high ground in his comments.