Deantre Lewis

Shot in the buttocks, Sun Devil RB ready for contact


For the first time since being wounded in a random shooting — in broad daylight, no less — over 13 months ago, Arizona State running back Deantre Lewis is preparing to get hit.

In February of 2011, Lewis was shot in the buttocks at around four in the afternoon as he was standing outside a Riverside, Calif., street with his mother and pregnant sister.  While Lewis was able to recover enough from his injuries to practice with the Sun Devils during the season, he did not participate in any contact drills and took a redshirt for the 2011 season.

That, though, will change at some point this spring.  According to the Arizona Republic, new ASU head coach Todd Graham said that while the back will be held out of contact for the first week or so, the plan is, barring a setback during that time, Lewis will be stripped of his no-contact jersey for the remainder of the spring.

Suffice to say, the new offensive staff is very pleased over the fact that it will have such a dynamic playmaker at its disposal when the sessions open this coming Tuesday.

“We’re excited about how he’s progressed (from his injury) and his attitude and his fight to get back on the field,” offensive coordinator Mike Norvell said. “There’s no question we like explosive playmakers, and he can definitely do that. We think he can bring a special dynamic to this offense.”

As a true freshman in 2010, Lewis was second on the team with 539 yards and totaled six touchdowns — four rushing, two receiving.

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”

Dabo Swinney
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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.