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Friday morning one-liners

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Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…

— Anyone in the mood for a video highlight clip of Barry Sanders as a high school running back?
(WARNING! SPOILER ALERT AHEAD!!! Yes, he was as bad-ass in high school as he was at Oklahoma State and in the NFL.)

— Notre Dame is taking a peek into enhancing its storied stadium.

— UNLV is considering — for a large financial guarantee — moving a 2013 home game against Arizona to the Wildcats’ home-state turf of Glendale.

— “The sky is the limit” for über-talented Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson. Auburn cornerbacks thriving in Ellis Johnson‘s 4-2-5 scheme after spring practices.

— “Just watching him on the field during practice makes me fired up, because I’m not the only one sweating out there,” Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, regarding new defensive line coach Ron Burton.

— Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is “really excited” about Notre Dame’s partial football membership in the ACC.

— San Diego State has reinstated two of the four players held out of spring practice due to a variety of issues.

— Syracuse safety Durell Eskridge underwent surgery to repair a fractured wrist and torn ligament in a ring finger.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

Associated Press

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
Associated Press

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.