There has been plenty of reaction to the announcement earlier this week by Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. Sam, now heading to the NFL Draft, announced to the world he is gay and praised his teammates and coaches for supporting him and letting him break the news on his terms. Some opinions have been somewhat rough depending on who you ask when discussing Sam’s potential NFL future, but Alabama’s HaHa Clinton-Dix says Sam would have fit in just fine with the Crimson Tide.
“If he comes out and makes plays for us and we win, I’m happy, I’m proud,” Clinton-Dix said during an interview on ESPN’s SportsNation according to AL.com. “What he does off the field, that’s up with him. I don’t think he would have a problem in the locker room.”
Sam was the SEC’s co-defensive player of the year after leading the conference in sacks and tackles for a loss. He played a key role in Missouri going 11-1 in the regular season and playing for the SEC championship. Projected by many to be a mid-round draft pick, whether or not Sam is even drafted has become a topic of conversation.
Clinton-Dix’s comments echoed similar sentiments shared by former Alabama punter Cody Mandell, who called Sam’s announcement courageous and fended off negative criticism on Twitter, again according to AL.com. Sam’s own father seems to be struggling with the news.
Wherever Sam ends up, hopefully he is surrounded by teammates who will be as mature, open and understanding about the situation as he was at Missouri and may have been at Alabama.
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.
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.