Johnny Manziel, Demetruce McNeal

Auburn dismisses leading tackler after weed arrest


Well, that certainly didn’t take long.

Mere hours after reports surfaced of the arrest of Demetruce McNeal, Auburn announced that the starting defensive back has been abruptly and somewhat surprisingly dismissed from the football program.  The decision to dismiss the safety came less than 12 hours after McNeal was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

McNeal received the boot during a meeting with first-year head coach Gus Malzahn.

McNeal was the Tigers’ leading returning tackler, having been credited with 90 during AU’s woeful 2012 season.  He also tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with seven.

The dismissal served as the latest hiccup for the senior.  He missed the latter portion of spring practice due to what was only described as “personal reasons,” then was sidelined for the start of summer camp with a staph infection.

Joshua Holsey, who started six games at cornerback in 2012, is expected to take over the starting spot vacated by McNeal.

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.