When news first surfaced Monday that Maurkice Pouncey had allegedly received $100,000 from a player agent’s “runner”, it was reported that the Pouncey family would be issuing a statement denying the allegation the next day.
Tuesday came and went without a denial, although that was attributed to Pouncey wanting to wait until his former head coach Urban Meyer spoke at Wednesday’s SEC Media Days.
Now, apparently, that strategy has changed.
In a press release sent exclusively to the Gainesville Sun, Pouncey has adamantly denied being the recipient of illegal benefits from an agent or anyone associated with an agent.
“I did not accept $100,000, it is an absolutely ridiculous claim,” Pouncey said in a very brief denial.
“I have completely cooperated with the investigation and answered any and all questions put to me.”
Unless it’s proven that this situation involves Maurkice Pouncey’s twin brother Mike, a senior Gator offensive lineman, whether Maurkice Pouncey accepted benefits or not will have little impact on the program, other than possibly having to vacate the Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati.
Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.
Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.
Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.
Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.
There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.
Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.
Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.
“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”
I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.
Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.
Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.