T.J. Yeldon, Brian Vogler, Ryan Kelly

Report: Throat-slash to cost Yeldon first quarter vs. CSU


T.J. Yeldon sees your half-game suspension, Johnny Football… and slashes it in half.

Earlier this week, the Alabama running back publicly apologized for a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he received during the Tide’s win over Texas A&M.  The penalty, which came after the back gave the universal money gesture as well as a twin throat-slash following a second-quarter touchdown run, incensed head coach Nick Saban both during and after the game.

Incensed Saban so much, in fact, that it will cost the sophomore 25 percent of the Tide’s upcoming game.

At least that’s the story from the Anniston Star, which, citing a source close to the situation, reports that Yeldon will be suspended for the first quarter of UA’s home opener against Colorado State Saturday.  The school has yet to confirm any type of punitive measures Yeldon may be facing this weekend.

Yeldon leads the Tide with 224 yards and two touchdowns through two games.

In his apology, Yeldon stated the actions that resulted in the penalty “is not the way I want to represent myself, my family and our team” and “is not the way we do things at Alabama.”

“That’s not us. That’s not our program. That’s not what we do. We’ve never ever tolerated it and we’ve never ever had it,” Saban said in his postgame talk with the media.

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.