Charles Sims

Charles Sims set to begin working out with new WVU teammates

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Even as West Virginia has yet to officially announce his addition to the roster, Charles Sims is set to begin integrating himself into Mountaineer football.

According to Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail, Sims is on campus and enrolled at WVU Monday.  That means Sims will be eligible to join his new Mountaineer teammates for “voluntary” summer workout sessions.

Sims announced June 21 that he would be transferring to WVU.  That move came a month or so after it was reported that the running back was abruptly and unexpectedly leaving Houston.  As Sims will be a grad student at WVU, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2013.

A first-team All Conference USA selection in 2011 and a second-team selection last season, Sims led the Cougars in 2012 with 851 yards rushing and 11 rushing touchdowns.  He also caught 37 passes for 337 yards and three more scores.

Sims might not be the only experienced addition to WVU’s backfield, however.  Over the weekend, it was reported that former Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell would be transferring to either WVU or Kentucky.  Shell, who unlike Sims will have to sit out the 2013 season, will make his decision after taking visits to both schools.

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.