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Chris Petersen will reportedly be highest-paid Pac-12 coach


In finally prying him out of Boise, Washington was expected to make Chris Petersen one of the highest-paid head coaches in the Pac-12.  As it turns out, it appears you can take the “one of” out of the equation.

Bruce Feldman of reported Friday night that Petersen and UW had agreed on a five-year contract that would pay the former Boise State head coach an average of $3.6 million annually.  The school, which will officially introduce Petersen at a press conference Monday, has yet to release any contractual details.

If the numbers are accurate, Petersen would easily become the highest-paid head coach in the Pac-12, at least as far as public institutions are concerned.

Petersen’s predecessor, Steve Sarkisian, previously held the title, earning a reported $2.57 million in 2013.  Utah’s Kyle Whittingham ($2.43 million), Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre ($2.4 million) and Cal’s Sonny Dykes ($2.39 million) were all at or around $2.4 million this season.  In his final season with the Broncos, Petersen was paid $2.1 million.

As they are private institutions, Stanford and USC are not required to release salary details for its coaches.  In its salary data base, though, USA Today had Lane Kiffin making $2.59 million as the Trojans’ head coach.  It’s believed Sarkisian will top $3 million annually for his move to USC.

The Cardinal’s David Shaw is also believed to have cracked (at least) the $3 million mark.

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.