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Randy Edsall reluctantly says there definitely has to be an early signing period


Maryland head coach Randy Edsall is the latest to speak out in favor of the concept of an early signing period in college football, but he did so with some trepidation.

“If we continue to go the way we’re going right now with the recruiting process, there definitely has to be an early signing period,” Edsall said this week, according to The Washington Post. “Definitely. If they continue to go the way they’re going right now with recruiting, there needs to be an early signing period.”

According to the report from The Washington Post, Edsall supported the idea but is cautious about why the idea may be gaining some momentum and why it would be added. Sitting on the fence, Edsall seems to be torn between the sentiments shared previously by Georgia head coach Mark Richt and Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson. Richt says there is a concern about throwing a key recruiting period in the middle of the season because it could become an extra distraction for coaches and recruiters. Johnson says it would be beneficial to add an early signing period because it could save time and money during the recruiting process while giving high school players a chance to relax and put the recruiting process behind them early on.

The Conference Commissioners Association will meet in June to discuss the possibility of adding an early signing period to the recruiting calendar. Right now it is in the early stages of development with discussing the pros and cons and the feasibility of making it work.

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.