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Tajh Boyd laughs off, Dabo decries gambling ‘rumors’

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One of the best parts about the Internet is the vast amount of information available at one’s finger tips.  The worst part about the Internet is the vast amount of information available.  And some of the people disseminating it.

Case in point: a couple of hours prior to Clemson’s beatdown at the hands of Florida State, a “report” surfaced on a “website” — we’re not going to give the name here and funnel any traffic there; Google it — that Tajh Boyd had piled up an $80,000-plus gambling debt betting mostly on NFL games.  The fact that Boyd went out and had arguably his worst game as a starter on his biggest stage thus far only added to the squadron of black helicopters swirling overhead.

Because of the “report” — which the curator of the site told The State via email “comes from direct sources in Vegas that have ties to the bookies” — athletic director Dan Radakovich instructed his compliance department to investigate the “claims” and perform its due diligence.  According to the paper, university compliance officials interviewed Boyd as well as checking out the track record of the “site” before sending its findings to the ACC.

Those findings had everyone, at least at the university, in agreement: the “report” was baseless and Boyd is not a latter-day Art Schlichter.

“I don’t really know where that came from,” Boyd told the media Tuesday. “When I heard it, it was pretty shocking. That being built on top of the loss made it a rough little weekend.”

“I have Northland Cable. I only get two games on Sunday,” Boyd said, taking a jab at the rumors a gambling debt was centered on NFL games.

Boyd’s 78.2 passer rating was his second-worst since becoming a full-time starter in 2011, trailing only the 66.5 he put up against South Carolina that first season.  His 45.9 percent completion percentage was his worst since that 21-point loss to the Gamecocks, and the first time since the 2012 regular-season finale against the same team that he had completed less than 60 percent of his passes.

That performance only added fuel to the speculative fire… and served to raise the ire of Boyd’s head coach.

“That just added to my beautiful Sunday. … It’s disappointing that we live in this world where things like that happen,” Dabo Swinney said. “I have no reason to think that he lied to me. He’s never lied to me before. Obviously, it would be a major problem if you have somebody lying to you about something like that. You’d have to move on in a different direction. It’s that simple.

“I have no reason not to trust him, absolutely. No question, his integrity is impeccable.”

One final note: Boyd’s parents are contemplating a lawsuit, telling that “[t]hese reports are totally false. Please leave my son alone.”

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13 Responses to “Tajh Boyd laughs off, Dabo decries gambling ‘rumors’”
  1. dcviking says: Oct 23, 2013 9:47 AM

    Typically, I believe these types of charges are only accurate 5 out of 10 times…

    Yeah, I went for the low hanging fruit…

  2. classyjacklambert says: Oct 23, 2013 10:01 AM

    If the NCAA handled the investigation, it could be finished it three years and deemed inconclusive, resulting in the loss of four Clemson scholarships as well as a one game suspension for Boyd in 2016.

  3. imaduffer says: Oct 23, 2013 10:40 AM

    Even with cable you should get at least 4 games on Sunday.

  4. thraiderskin says: Oct 23, 2013 11:02 AM

    If the story didn’t have any merit, shouldn’t Boyd’s parents definitely be suing? That is the sort of accusation that will follow u, true or not.

  5. drummerhoff says: Oct 23, 2013 11:24 AM

    I think the point is, Tajh Boyd plays so poorly in big games that it looks like he’s throwing the game.

  6. classyjacklambert says: Oct 23, 2013 11:27 AM

    He played pretty well against Georgia to start the season and against LSU to end last season. Can’t really label him not a big game player at this point but maybe inconsistent wouldn’t be unfair.

  7. Chris Ross says: Oct 23, 2013 12:22 PM

    I’m not one to believe in these kinds of things, but two things strike me as odd.

    1. How is the amount of NFL you get on TV relevant to if you did or didn’t bet on NFL games? That sounds an awful lot like the people on Springer that say, ‘I would never do something like that’.

    2. It was very odd that the #3 team in the nation was a 3 point dog at home, even without these rumors. Clemson has one of the better home field advantages in all of college football, and Florida State was bringing a freshman QB.

  8. jrocknstuff says: Oct 23, 2013 1:04 PM

    Clemson didn’t open as a 3 point dog. They opened at most books as a point dog and FSU was bet up to a 4 point favorite by kickoff. The interesting thing is the line jumped from 2 to 4 on Saturday with 60% of the public backing Clemson, but that just means sharp money was backing FSU. I’m not a conspiracy theorist in terms of sports too much so I don’t think there was any impropriety here, I just think Boyd came up against a better secondary than he’s seen in a while and Jimbo Fischer had a great game plan. But then again, nothing would surprise me anymore

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 23, 2013 3:42 PM

    Ronnie Harmon definitely shaved points in the ’86 Rose Bowl (for those old enough to remember), but this wasn’t point shaving. This was a team being overwhelmed because they are outclassed by a team that is bigger, faster, more talented at every single position on the field. Not point shaving. You want to talk point shaving? Talk Northwestern against Ohio State, or Boston College against Clemson the previous game.

  10. chachooga says: Oct 23, 2013 4:27 PM

    Lawsuit is totally valid.

    If this is absolutely false…well either way…this is gonna follow him close all the way to the league.

    This type of thing would not surprise me though. Not as the NCAA and Universities make billions off these players and they don’t get paid….lots of shady people around.

  11. Deb says: Oct 23, 2013 7:34 PM

    They should sue. Bloggers should be held to the same libel standards as print and television media. You want to play, be prepared to pay.

  12. hor2012 says: Oct 23, 2013 8:16 PM

    I don’t know about the gambling. What I do know is FSU beat them down. And, the reason FSU beat them down is they have better players period. And, if they played tommorow FSU would beat them down again. Now, I’m a SEC guy. But, I think FSU and Oregon can beat Bama. Although I think Aurbun is going to take care of that at the end of the year anyway. Right now if FSU played Oregon I would take FSU

  13. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 23, 2013 8:33 PM

    When are people going to learn?

    Johnny Manziel is paid tens of thousands of dollars for signing thousands of autographs….source memorabilia brokers.

    Now Tajh Boyd has an $80,000 gambling debt….sources those with contacts in Vegas.

    Where is the journalist rule of 5 w’s and 1 h BEFORE you go with a story? Rather than just run with a story why not have it sourced with named sources with direct attribution?

    Nope. Have to be first, even if there is absolutely no proof, get the report out before anyone else. Google is not a news source.

    Like Manziel, where does Boyd go to get his reputation back after the reports die down due to the next scandal de jour?


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