Tulsa v Arkansas

NCAA issue costs Tulsa a long-time starter for at least opener


A player with one of the longest consecutive games started streaks at the FBS level will see that run end thanks to a ruling by the NCAA.

Tulsa’s Demarco Nelson, the school said Tuesday, will sit out the season opener against Bowling Green.  The only reason given was that the safety is “ineligible to compete per the NCAA’s Progress Towards Degree Requirement.”

What specifically that entailed was not divulged by Tulsa.

Tulsa World wrote that “[t]he status of Nelson’s eligibility for Tulsa’s Sept. 7 home opener against Colorado State – and for the rest of the season – has not been determined by the NCAA. ”  Tulsa has appealed to the NCAA for Nelson’s reinstatement.

If Nelson were to be suspended for the entire 2013 season, he would still have one season of eligibility remaining.

Nelson has started the past 39 games for the Golden Hurricane.  That streak, the paper notes, is tied for second  nationally and behind only Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (41).

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.