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Phillip Sims, if healthy, will be UVA’s starting QB


Michael Rocco started the year as Virginia’s starting quarterback. Depending on the injury status of Alabama transfer Phillip Sims, he  may not keep his job.

Sims relieved a struggling Rocco during last Saturday’s loss to Louisiana Tech, going 10-of-17 for a pair of touchdowns in a fourth quarter rally — after LaTech rallied — that fell just short. However, Sims also suffered what is being identified as a lower-leg injury in the game. Though London skirted around QB question after Monday’s practice, but appearing on his weekly radio show, he hinted that Sims would get the start at Duke this Saturday… provided he’s 100 percent.

Here are London’s quotes courtesy of the Washington Post:

“If he’s 100 percent ready to go, he will get snaps with the first unit. If he’s not [and] cannot perform because of a lower-leg injury, then Mike will be in that position.

“That’s as honest as I can be about the situation. I want everyone to know we want what’s best for the team. Michael’s been fantastic throughout all of this process. He understands it.

“You have to perform at a high level and it’s just that Phillip has performed every time he has gone in. If the leg’s okay and he performs well, then he performs well. If not, then it’s back to the same situation. At least it’s been vetted, I think, the proper way.”

Sims has thrown for 340 yards on the season with five touchdowns, and perhaps more importantly, zero interceptions. The same cannot be said for Rocco, who has eight interceptions to six touchdowns.

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.