A week or so after confirming a transfer was a possibility, Jordan Whiting is indeed in the process of parting ways with the Ohio State football program.
In a post made to his Twitter account late Thursday morning, the redshirt sophomore linebacker (sorta pictured, No. 39) confirmed the speculation that he is headed to a Big East school, writing that he “will be attending [the] University of Louisville and will be a Cardinal for the remainder of my college career as a student and athlete!”
Neither school has confirmed Whiting’s arrival or departure. The LB will have to sit out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. He would have one season of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013.
Whiting missed the first game of the 2011 season due to his role in the infamous “Tatgate” scandal that led to NCAA sanctions for the Buckeyes. After returning from the suspension, Whiting played in seven games the remainder of the season.
The Louisville, Ky., native, a four-star member of OSU’s 2009 recruiting class, is apparently leaving the program with no hard feelings.
“Thank you all for ur support and love. I thank Coach Tressel and Mr. Gene Smith for the opportunity, however my time here has come to an end,” Whiting wrote on Twitter. “[H]onestly its [sic] hard to leave but OSU and the great city of Columbus has taught me a lot to take along with me! … Sometimes in life there comes a time where u have to make a decision about what’s best for u and ur career and what u want out of life.”
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.