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Pair of Sooners seeking transfer waivers

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When Oklahoma announced the additions of transfers Jalen Saunders and Cortez Johnson, it was thought — or, more to the point, assumed — that the two would be forced to sit out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

While that may still ultimately be the case in the end, it won’t be due to a lack of effort on the part of the program.

Head coach Bob Stoops confirmed to the Daily Oklahoman Saturday that Saunders and Johnson have applied for waivers that would permit them to play immediately in 2012 instead of sitting out the season.  There’s no word on a timeline on a decision, and Stoops said he didn’t have a feeling one way or the other which way it may go.

““There’s nothing to feel good or bad about,” the coach told the paper. “It’s just a process. You go through the process and we’ll see.”

Saunders came to OU from Fresno State and Johnson from Arizona.  Both of those programs underwent a coaching change following the 2011 season, although Stoops wouldn’t detail the grounds under which the appeal was filed.

Especially as it pertains to Saunders, getting a favorable ruling on the waiver would be a significant boost for the Sooners.  Three receivers who were expected to be significant contributors this season were indefinitely suspended from the team last month, and their futures with the program are very much up in the air.

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”

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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.