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Monday offseason one-liners


Happy Monday, everyone. Some news and notes from around college football…

— Zach Mettenberger appears to have the quarterback job all but officially locked down at LSU, but who’s behind him?

— A Phoenix area officer also accepted free tickets from the Fiesta Bowl, a violation department directives to follow city policy.

— The Orlando Sentinel gets you up to speed on Florida State this spring.

— Admit it. You want to see Steve Spurrier shirtless. Or, “topless” as he puts it. (Warning: images are disturbing) revisits their annual report on athletic department profit. Here are reports on the Big 12, ACC and Big Ten.

— Keeping with the March Madness theme, the Big Ten Network polls fans on favorite uniforms. First round surprise? Illinois’ unis upset Ohio State. Bucking tradition, I see.

— Speaking of the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer chatted with the Deseret News about his time at Utah.

Travis Sawchik of the Charleston Post and Courier thinks the SEC could ink a $5 billion TV deal when it renegotiates its contracts with media partners.  That’s a lot, but when you think about the product vs. the bar that’s been set, it’s not completely out of the question.

— Not directly college football related, but Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes a great piece on his relationship with the late Furman Bisher, a great sports writer who passed away over the weekend at the age of 93.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

Associated Press

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
Associated Press

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.