The roller coaster ride that has been Mike Bellamy‘s short time at Clemson has come to an abrupt, but not necessarily unexpected, conclusion.
At least, for the time being it has.
Head coach Dabo Swinney announced in a press release Tuesday that the running back has been ruled academically ineligible and, as a result, will not play for the Tigers in 2012. Instead, Bellamy plans to enter a junior college this summer.
In a statement, however, Swinney seemed to be impressed by Bellamy over the past couple of months and seemingly left the door open for a return after the fall semester.
“I am proud of the improvements Mike Bellamy made in the spring semester in a number of areas,” Swinney said. “We gave him the opportunity to return to school in January and to grow as a player and a person and by all accounts from his teammates and coaches, he was doing well.
“But, in the end, he came up short academically. We wish him well and hope he can get back on track in the classroom and continue his football career at a junior college this fall.”
The running back was originally suspended for the ACC championship game win over Virginia Tech last year due to unspecified violations of team rules. That suspension extended to the Tigers’ blowout loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.
Bellamy was with the team and participated in spring practice the past couple of months.
At the time of his initial suspension last year, the true freshman was second on the Tigers in rushing yards (343) and rushing touchdowns (three), and his six yards-per-carry average led the team. Bellamy was a five-star member of Clemson’s 2011 recruiting class and the No. 5 RB in the country according to Rivals.com.
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.