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Big Ten reiterates they’ve ‘closed down active expansion’


Thought to be at least temporarily dormant following June 2010’s Expansionpalooza, the issue of conference expansion has exploded yet again less than a month before the start of the season, with Texas A&M seriously eyeing a move to the SEC.

If A&M does indeed move from the Big 12 to the SEC as its 13th team, it’s believed by some/most that the conference would also add another school to make it an even 14 members.  And, if that were to occur, it could be the first domino to tumble in what would become a dramatic shift in the conference landscape.

In response to the speculation swirling around further expansion in other leagues, the Big Ten has released a statement from its Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) reiterating that they “will not be actively engaged in conference expansion at this time, or at any time in the foreseeable future, barring a significant shift in the current intercollegiate athletic landscape.”

Translation?  “We won’t expand unless somebody else does or we get the sense somebody’s going to pull the trigger on a school we want.”

The statement added that the COP/C had met recently to discuss issues related to expansion as well as reforms in intercollegiate athletics.

“We’re about as comfortable as we can be with where we are,” said commissioner Jim Delany in a statement.  “We’ve said that we will continue to monitor the landscape, but we have closed down active expansion and have no plans to seek new members.”

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

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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”

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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.