Mike Bellamy

Suspended for the postseason, Bellamy back for Clemson’s spring


Suspended since early December, it appears Mike Bellamy is slowly emerging from Dabo Swinney’s doghouse.

By way of Travis Sawchik of the Charleston Post & Courier, the Clemson head coach said Tuesday that Bellamy will be on the field with his teammates when the Tigers open spring practice Wednesday.

The running back was originally suspended for the ACC championship game win over Virginia Tech due to unspecified violations of team rules.  That suspension extended to the Tigers’ blowout loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.

While Bellamy will be back on the practice field, it appears he’s not completely out of the doghouse just yet.

This is a big spring for him,” Swinney said, before acknowledging that the sophomore-to-be is “a guy you just kind of pull for, a very likable guy. Knows rules, so far he’s doing what he’s been asked to.”

And what’s he being asked to do? “[B]eing more accountable, little more disciplined, making right decisions,” Swinney said.

At the time of his initial suspension, the true freshman was second on the Tigers in rushing yards (343) and rushing touchdowns (three).  Bellamy was a five-star member of Clemson’s 2011 recruiting class and the No. 5 RB in the country according to Rivals.com.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.