Frank Beamer, Antoine Hopkins

Academics cost Hokies a four-star 2012 RB signee


Entering the 2012 season, Virginia Tech was already fully cognizant of the fact that they would have to replace some significant talent in the backfield due to early entry into the NFL (All-ACC performer David Wilson) and expired eligibility (third-leading rusher Josh Oglesby).

How the Hokies fill the void in the running game remains to be seen.  One player who could’ve helped replace the lost production, however, won’t be at Frank Beamer‘s disposal.

According to the Roanoke News, touted 2012 signee Drew Harris will spend the upcoming season at Fork Union Military Academy getting his academic house in order.  The move had been long rumored, but became official in the past week.

“He’s got a really good test score, but he didn’t have a great semester in the classroom, so he came up a little short,” Hokies running backs coach Shane Beamer told the paper.

Coming out of Exton, Penn., as a four-star member of Tech’s most recent recruiting class, Harris was rated by as the No. 22 RB in the country.  He chose the Hokies over offers from, among others, Arkansas, Georgia, Penn State, South Carolina and West Virginia.

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.