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Exciting? Indiana and Ball State to open season in Lucas Oil Stadium


(This is what we refer to as a “feeding the beast” post. Please save your “yawns” and “next article, please” for something else.)

Indiana and Ball State have signed a contract agreeing to play their Sept. 3 season opener game in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. LOS officials still have to sign their portion of the contract, thus completing the deal.

“It’s still our home game,” BSU AD Tom Collins (great name) said. “We’ll control everything. From a game-management standpoint and everything else, it will look and feel like a Ball State home game.

Collins said the goal was to sell 40,000 tickets at $40 a pop. Games at BSU normally go for between $7 and $15. But, Collins hopes that BSU and Indiana’s alumni will fill up the initial attendance estimates.

“We have a huge alumni base down there,” Collins said. “To be able to play a game down there and be able to draw our alumns that are down there and our folks from here — IU has a big alumni base down there — that plays a factor into it.”

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

Associated Press

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.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

Dabo Swinney
Associated Press

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.