With a NCAA waiver in hand that will allow him to play two more years at SMU, ex-Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert has only his undergraduate degree to complete this spring so that he can play immediately for the Mustangs.
What wasn’t previously known is how much Gilbert, a junior, has left to finish.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Gilbert is taking 27 credit hours this semester in order to graduate from UT in May with a degree in sports management. That’s roughly a year’s worth of class in a few months*.
(*Okay, maybe that’s more like 34 or 36 hours for you overachievers. I bet you had a full-time job with no car and walked uphill in the snow both ways too.)
(Also, feel free to make any appropriate jokes about sports management majors)
Gilbert told the DMN that he’s taking nine total courses — six traditional and three online — to complete his degree. The QB added that he’s not allowed to view the playbook from the coaches and is continuing to work on his throwing. Gilbert had season-ending shoulder surgery last fall.
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.