LSU vs. Ole Miss 11/17/12

Ole Miss LB tweets he’s leaving Rebels

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With Ole Miss set to kick off spring practice in a couple of weeks, the Rebels will apparently be without — for good — a player who may have been able to make an impact on the defensive side of the ball.

In a tweet posted to his Twitter account, linebacker Ralph Williams said that he will not be returning to the Rebels football program in 2013.  No reason was given for what is apparently a decision to transfer out.

“I will like to thank Coach (Hugh) Freeze and Rebel Nation for all they have done. It’s hard to say but I will not be playing for Ole Miss Next year,” Williams’ tweet read.

Ole Miss has declined to address Williams’ status for spring practice and beyond, although he’s still listed on the official website’s online roster.

Over the past two seasons, Williams played in 22 games.  While he was credited with 53 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss, just four of the former and 1.5 of the latter came in 2012.

Williams was a three-star member of Ole Miss’ 2010 recruiting class.

(Tip O’ the Cap: Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

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.