When it comes to the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry, there’s little love lost between the two football programs. Hell, even the coaches get in on the action as both Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney lobbed verbal jabs at their respective rivals earlier this year after bowl games in which they didn’t even face each other.
One high school coach went so far as to suggest a rasslin’ match between the coaches.
In that vein, one side of the rivalry took to social media Thursday afternoon to suplex the other. In a tweet posted to the Clemson football team’s official Twitter account, the folks in charge of the account decided to remind folks of the fact that the Tigers were the only team in the state of South Carolina to win a BCS bowl this past season.
That post is 100-percent accurate. There’s no doubt about it.
Clemson beat Ohio State 40-35 in the Orange Bowl while South Carolina didn’t even qualify for a BCS bowl, having to settle instead for a ten-point win over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. And, yep, the Gamecocks went without a BCS bid in the 16-year history of the old system.
What was left unsaid, unlike the clock in the Tigers’ football facilities, is the fact that the Tigers have lost five straight to the Gamecocks and haven’t beaten their bitter rivals since way back in 2008.
(Writer’s note: to be fair, Clemson leads the all-time series 65-42-4)
It was a nice attempt at a backhanded shot, but Clemson should worry more about beating South Carolina on the field than tweaking them off of it.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.
Michigan played without its leading rusher in Week 5. The Wolverines are hoping there won’t be a repeat in Week 6.
De'Veon Smith sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU and didn’t travel with the team for last Saturday’s win over Maryland. Smith has been practicing with his teammates throughout the first few days of this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic that the running back will be available for what’s turned into a huge Big Ten matchup with Northwestern Saturday in the Big House.
“He’s practicing and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to stay good and be ready to play,” Harbaugh said during a radio appearance Thursday morning. “But we’ll (keep) looking at that every day.”
Despite essentially missing a game and a half, Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.
Should Smith be unable to go again, the Wolverines have three other backs with at least 100 yards on the ground: Ty Isaac (187, 7.2 yards per carry), Drake Johnson (125, 4.2 ypc) and Derrick Green (100, 3.3 ypc).
In addition to Smith, Harbaugh is hopeful Channing Stribling will be available this weekend as well. The starting cornerback didn’t play against the Cougars because of injury