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Injured in win, status of Mich. St.’s leading receiver up in the air


A closer-than-expected win over Indiana could prove to be costly in the short-term for Michigan State.

In the first quarter of what turned out to be a four-point win, tight end Dion Sims suffered an ankle injury and did not return.  Instead, the junior spent the remainder of the game in street clothes on the sidelines.

Head coach Mark Dantonio hinted that Sims could miss time beyond this week, although an official update on Sims’ status for this weekend’s game against Iowa could come early this week.

The man who’s come to lean heavily on the TE in the passing game, though, talked as though he’d be without his safety blanket for the foreseeable future.

“It’s no secret that Dion’s been a big weapon for us, but what a great opportunity for our tight ends who have played behind him — Paul Lang, Andrew Gleichert, Derek Hoebing — guys who have worked their butts off every day,” starting quarterback Andrew Maxwell said. “It’s going to open up the competition at that position.”

Lang is listed as the No. 2 TE on the most recent depth chart, and caught the first and only pass of his career in last week’s loss to Ohio State.

Sims leads the Spartans in receptions (24), receiving yards (313) and touchdown catches (two).

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.