Working the same recruiting territory for different players, Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier crossed paths this week at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Ga.
North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire related the story to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
“Dabo was in here first, and I was telling him how entertaining those two have been with their quotes back and forth, and their banter. You know, the first thing (Swinney) said was ‘I really like him (Spurrier). We’re really good friends.’ I will be darned if that wasn’t the first thing that Spurrier told me when I tried to stir it up. He said, ‘I really like Dabo. We’re really good friends.’
“Anyways, Dabo was leaving out when Spurrier was coming in, and I stopped them and said, ‘Look, I’ve got a fundraising idea. There’s a 1,000 kids over there in the cafeteria right now for lunch. We’re going to go over and wrestle, and I’m going to charge admission.’
“They just smiled and laughed. They talked to each other for a little bit. I told Coach Spurrier that I get a kick out of his little digs, the way he stirs everybody up. I think it’s funny.”
Swinney was at North Gwinnett to check on Mitch Hyatt, the nation's top-rated offensive lineman for 2015 and the nephew of former Clemson star Dan Benish. Spurrier is keeping tabs on 2014 defensive end Dante Sawyer, who recently committed to the Gamecocks over Missouri.
Kiper likes Beasley's decision to return: ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. thinks that Vic Beasley's decision to return to Clemson for his senior season is a good one.
“Initially I didn't like this move, but Beasley is a little like Anthony Barr last year, who could have come out and gone in Round 1, but came back and really upped his profile,” Kiper wrote. “Beasley got off to a great start, but teams got better at keeping him blocked and I think he'll enter the 2015 draft with a bigger portfolio of pass-rushing moves.”
Also on Kiper's 'smart to return' list are Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley and Florida State offensive tackle Cameron Erving.
Mike Bellamy plans to enter NFL draft: Former Clemson running back Mike Bellamy has announced plans to enter the 2014 NFL draft. The former five-star recruit played last fall at Fort Valley State in Georgia, where he rushed for 152 yards on 45 carries. Since leaving Clemson, he's also made stops at East Mississippi Community College and Eastern Arizona College.
Bears hire Reggie Herring as linebackers coach: Former Clemson defensive coordinator Reggie Herring has been hired as the Chicago Bears' new linebacker coach. Herring, who was DC at Clemson from 1997 to 2001, coached the Houston Texans' linebackers the past three seasons, and was previously linebackers load for the Dallas Cowboys.
Reserve FSU QB may land at Alabama: Florida State has granted quarterback Jacob Coker a release from his scholarship. The redshirt sophomore is on course to graduate this spring, and is expected to enroll at Alabama to finish his college career.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Coker battled freshman Jameis Winston for the starting job at FSU last spring. A native of Mobile, Ala., Coker served as AJ McCarron's backup at St. Paul's High, where as a senior he threw for 1,508 yards and 16 touchdowns and also carried the ball 61 times for 355 yards and five scores. He hopes to compete for the job as McCarron's replacement.