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Texas Tech dismisses starting offensive guard

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Texas Tech has been struggling to hold on to some players to return in 2014. That trend sort of continued Thursday with news that starting offensive lineman Beau Carpenter was dismissed from the team.

The reason for the dismissal, first reported by via Twitter, has not been reported beyond anything than the standard violation of team rules. Carpenter was a key member of the Texas Tech offensive line in 2013, starting at right guard for the Red Raiders.

It was expected Carpenter would continue to be a fixture in the offensive line in 2014 for Texas Tech. A dismissed player can always have a door opened for a potential return of course. Without knowing the exact reason for the dismissal we should probably at least leave the door open a crack just in case. If Carpenter does not return to the Red Raiders in 2014 though, the right guard position may be filled by James Polk, who had been listed behind Carpenter on the depth chart as recently as Texas Tech’s bowl game last season. Polk would actually bring more size up front, as he was most recently listed

The Dallas Morning News mentions Alfredo Morales and Baylen Brown as candidates to compete for the sudden vacancy on the line as well, in addition to freshmen Cody Hayes and Josh Outlaw.

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.