Blair Holliday

Duke WR in critical condition following jet ski accident


Unfortunately, there’s some sad news coming out of the world of college football this holiday (kinda) weekend.

Duke athletic officials confirmed early Thursday afternoon that wide receiver Blair Holliday “was involved in a boating accident on Lake Tillery” Wednesday.  After being transported via helicopter to the UNC Trauma Center in Chapel Hill, Holliday is currently in critical condition after suffering head injuries in the incident.

There are unconfirmed reports that Holliday is in a coma, although there’s no mention of that in the school’s release.

However, a North Carolina Wildlife official did confirm to the Raleigh News & Observer that Holliday was involved in a jet ski accident, and that Holliday collided with one of a teammate who was also on a jet ski.  The name of the teammate was not released, although the wildlife official told the paper that player refused treatment at the scene.

“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Blair, his parents, Leslie and Rick, and the entire Holliday family,” Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement. “The Holliday family is one of tremendous character and strength, and is truly an inspiration for all of us.  Secondly, we could not be more appreciative of the care and support Blair has received here at UNC Hospitals. The doctors, nurses and support staff have been truly outstanding.

“We ask that you continue to keep Blair and his family in your thoughts, and also respect their privacy in this time of concern.”

Appearing in 10 games last season, Holliday caught three passes for 30 yards.  Exiting spring practice, the sophomore was projected as a likely starter this upcoming season.

Echoing Coach Cutcliffe’s statement, our thoughts and prayers are with Holliday, his friends and his family.

(Photo credit: Duke athletics)

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.