Heading into today’s spring game, USC was facing serious depth problems with 20 players being sidelined due to injury. That, cornerback issues and the quarterback competition were among the storylines for the Trojans — and there weren’t many answers following a 42-36 win for the Cardinal team (offense) over the White team (defense).
Per USC’s official stats, Cody Kessler, Max Wittek and early enrollee Max Browne combined for six passing touchdowns. Kessler had the best day statistically of the three — for whatever that’s worth — completing 15-of-22 passes for 242 yards and three scores. Wittek added another two touchdowns through the air. Head coach Lane Kiffin said afterward that he was not prepared to name a starter.
The best offensive weapon for the Trojans was Biletnikoff winner Marqise Lee, who hauled in three touchdowns.Kiffin said this past week that USC was struggling with the cornerback spot so much that he would possibly consider putting Lee there. That, barring an emergency, is unlikely to happen.
At safety, Demetrius Wright had two interceptions, both from of Wittek. Wright tweeted last week that he was scheduled to have hip surgery, but he later decided not to go through with the procedure.
With spring over, Wright, and 19 of his teammates, will turn his attention to trying to get healthy.
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.
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.