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LSU pays $100k to bow out of NCSU series


When it was announced earlier in the week that North Carolina State had added a future home-and-home series against Troy, it was reported that NCSU’s future series with LSU would need to be “adjusted.”

That “adjustment,” as it turns out, was an outright cancellation.

According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, LSU paid NCSU a $100,000 penalty for cancelling the pair of games scheduled for the 2017 and 2020 seasons. In fairness to LSU, the Advocate writes, the Tigers “wanted to move the series back, but NC State did not.”

We tried to move them back,” senior associate athletic director Verge Ausberry told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “It got to the point where we wanted to move forward. We have some other things we want to do. It was just the 2017 date that was the issue.”

The SEC announced over the weekend that, while it would keep its current eight-game conference schedule model, the league would, beginning in 2016, require all members to schedule at least one opponent from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12 on an annual basis. LSU has a 2017 game scheduled against Syracuse (ACC) and a 2020 game against Penn State (Big Ten) already on its future slates.

Like most schools, LSU tries to avoid scheduling two regular season, nonconference games against the so-called Big Five conferences the same season.

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.