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Clemson next to deny SEC membership rumors


Conference realignment 2.0 technically hasn’t happened yet, but one thing has become abundantly clear in story fueled by the college football rumor mill: Texas A&M wants to go to the SEC.

Everything else? Well, let’s just say it’s a little less than solid.

But the general consensus seems to be that the SEC — if it is indeed expanding — would take A&M and potentially a team from the ACC. Whether or not that’s Slive’s plan is unknown. Still, the ACC has to be sweating bullets over a potential raid that could include one, or a combination, of the following teams: Florida State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Clemson.

FSU and Va Tech have already vehemently denied the rumors, with ‘Noles president Eric Barron going so far as to personally assure ACC commissioner John Swofford  that the school has had no contact with the SEC.

Next up to retort the SEC connection would be Clemson’s president James Barker. Speaking to the Charleston Post and Courier, Barker echoed Barron’s public sentiment that the Tigers have not had any contact with the SEC regarding conference expansion plans.

“We have had no contact at all (with the SEC),” Barker said. “We are committed to the Atlantic Coast Conference.”

Earlier today, Missouri’s athletic director Mike Alden also denied rumors linking the (Midwest) Tigers to the SEC — a story started by ESPN”s Doug Gottlieb.

Point being, everybody outside of A&M is acting like they wouldn’t touch the SEC — one of the two most powerful conferences in the country — with a 40-foot pole.

Maybe they wouldn’t; we’re just sayin’.

But as we saw last summer, and could likely see in the immediate future, every individual program is looking out for their best interest as the college football landscape, once again, appears on the verge of changing.

Lesson: trust no one.

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.