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.
The turbulent career of one of the most talented wide receivers in the country, at least at Auburn, has come to an end.
Monday night, Gus Malzahn surprisingly — and not so surprisingly — announced that D’haquille Williams has been dismissed from the football program. No specific reason for the dismissal was given.
“When individuals fail to meet the expectations of our program, there has to be consequences,” Malzahn said in a statement. “I gave D’haquille the chance to prove himself. I am disappointed that it did not work out.”
Williams was suspended from AU’s bowl game against Wisconsin last year because of unspecified violations of team rules. After participating in spring practice, he was suspended for the early part of summer camp before being reinstated in the middle of August.
The senior had played in all four games this season, catching 12 passes for 147 yards. The former total is second on the team, the latter third.
Despite playing in just 10 of 13 games last season — in addition to the suspension, he missed two games with a knee injury — Williams led the Tigers with 45 receptions and five receiving touchdowns. His 730 receiving yards were second on the team.
The media tapped him as a first-team All-SEC preseason selection coming off that season.
Pat Haden may have a growing number of detractors in Southern California, but that hasn’t stopped him from showing a personal touch off the field.
Myles Jack, one of the most talented linebackers in not only the Pac-12 but also the country, sustained a season-ending knee injury in UCLA’s Week 3 win over BYU. That injury may or may not have ended Jack’s collegiate career as he will be eligible for the 2016 NFL draft.
On his Instagram account Monday, Jack shared a letter of support from one of his admirers, who also happens to be the athletic director of UCLA’s bitter rival USC.
While it’s not the handwritten variety one Big 12 coach would prefer, it’s still a classy gesture nonetheless on the part of Haden.