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Boise State’s leading pass rusher Demarcus Lawrence entering NFL Draft


The Boise State program is going to be in quite a year of transition it seems heading in to 2014. The Broncos will be doing so without one of their top defensive players returning for another season. Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence will skip his final year with the Broncos and head to the NFL.

According to Joe Schad of ESPN.com, via Twitter, Lawrence has made the decision to enter the NFL Draft in 2014. Lawrence led the Mountain West Conference with 20.5 tackles for a loss, tied with Colorado State’s senior linebacker Shaquil Barrett, to put him in the same company as Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald. Lawrence recorded 72 tackles this season, including 39 solo tackles and 10.5 sacks. Lawrence also forced three fumbles for Boise State.

Boise State had redshirt junior Beau Martin and redshirt freshman Sam McCaskill sitting behind Lawrence on th depth chart for Boise State’s Hawaii Bowl match-up against Oregon State. If Martin is coming back for one more season he would be the likely replacement heading in to spring football in Boise.

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”

Dabo Swinney
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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.