And now we know the rest of the story.
Wednesday evening, Clemson announced via a press release that wide receiver Joe Craig had been permanently dismissed for unspecified violations of team rules. Those violations, as it turns out, reportedly involved some recent domestic violence issues.
According to both the Charleston Post & Courier and the Anderson Independent Mail, Craig was served with a warrant for a charge of criminal domestic violence Wednesday. Shortly after Craig was served, he was served his walking papers by the football program.
The alleged incident occurred very early Sunday morning and involved the mother of his son. From the Post & Courier‘s Travis Sawchik:
Clemson University police officers were dispatched to a “fight call” at a university-area apartment at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday where they found Craig, his son, and the mother of Craig’s son.
According to the arrest warrant, Craig is accused of shoving the woman, leaving a “red mark below her neck” and the women and her sister then retaliated against Craig, who reported injuries to his face and neck.
This was the second time in less than a year that Craig was involved in a physical confrontation with a woman.
Craig was indefinitely suspended last June following an incident with a female member of Clemson’s track team. Swinney ultimately suspended Craig for the first three games of the 2011 season as well.
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.