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Seen The Gambling Story Swirling Around Clemson’s QB? There’s An SEC Tie To It

anonymous-masked-man-typing-on-keyboardFirst things first, we don’t believe things written by guys who don’t sign their name.  If you think it and believe it, sign your name.  Whether it’s in a comment box or on a blog, sign your name… or else we’ll roll our eyes.

For that reason, there was some serious eye-rolling when we first learned of the internet-driven story claiming that Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd had run up an $80,000 gambling debt.  That story hit the worldwide web just hours before the Tigers’ 51-14 beatdown at home by Florida State.

Ah, ha!  Boyd must have thrown the game to cover his debts!  After all, he was just as terrible as the rest of his teammates on Saturday night.

Well, with this kind of rumor percolating on the net, coach Dabo Swinney and athletic director Dan Radakovich had to at least follow up with their star player.  Swinney’s take:

 

“I don’t really know where that came from.  When I heard it, it was pretty shocking.  That being built on top of the loss made it a rough weekend… That just added to my beautiful Sunday.  I spoke to Tajh about it, and he just shook his head.  So, I have no reason to not believe Tajh Boyd.  That is the only comment there is.  It’s disappointing that we live in this world where things like that happen.  I have no reason to think that he lied to me.  He’s never lied to me before… I have no reason not to trust him, absolutely.  No question, his integrity is impeccable.”

 

Radakovich forwarded the info to the Atlantic Coast Conference office and he said Clemson’s compliance office is looking into the track record of the site.

What they’ll find is that the site is the work of a man who calls himself “Incarcerated Bob.”  Columbia newspaper The State reached out to ol’ Incarcerated Bob and they were told that his information “comes from direct sources in Vegas that have ties to the bookies.”

As The State points out at the bottom of this story (same link as above), a number of writers — who actually sign their name to their work — have dismissed Incarcerated Bob.  Former Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer David Purdum said via Twitter that the website “has continually made up stories (without) attribution for publicity.  No reason to believe this is any different.”  Matt Miller of NFLDraftScout.com called the Boyd story “a complete lie aimed at hurting the player.”

And this is where there’s a tie to the SEC.

Last summer, Incarcerated Bob — on his gambling-centric site — claimed that Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace had received Western Union payments from someone involved in sports gambling.  Sound Familiar?

At the time, Ole Miss reached out to the writer via email:  “Since this situation would constitute a NCAA compliance issue we are asking if you would talk with us and/or provide that information so we can review it appropriately and handle within NCAA guidelines.  Thank you for the consideration of this request.”

But Incarcerated Bob wouldn’t talk — big shock — and, well, let’s quote his site for the rest of the story (all typos are his):

 

“Contacted by Twitter this afternoon and the reason why accts are suspended was the ‘University of Ole Miss’ (NCAAF) complained about reports that i had certain details of violations by athletes that are currently playing for the Football program.  I was contacted last week by the compliance office of Ole Miss, who wanted me to hand over the details i had, once i declined they complained to Twitter and well you see the final result as of now.  (His account was suspended.)

Still that will not stop me from bringing down that program and posting all the evidence i have (Western Union Receipts, etc…) so if you see small time, (expletive deleted) no hits bloggers, failed gamblers, taking credit for getting me suspended from Twitter… Just LOL at them, they are very irrelevant and Twitter only made the decision to suspend me because of a powerful program who currently have alumni that work closely with Twitter #Thinkonit

All i will say is this… (QB) Bo Wallace loves ‘Picking Winners.’”

 

Incarcerated Bob — who seems to have a short temper and a poor grasp of the King’s English — then goes on to provide the address where Wallace allegedly received Western Union payments from gamblers.

When all this went down, Mississippi State fans were fast to accept and promote Incarcerated Bob’s “news” on pro-Bulldog messageboards.  Here’s guessing if the story had been written about a State player, MSU fans would have called it bunk and Ole Miss fans — sorry, “University of Ole Miss” fans — would have trumpeted it.

Look, if Incarcerated Bob wants to be taken seriously, he should first use his name and second be willing to at least speak with the compliance departments at these schools.  That doesn’t mean he has to give up confidential sources, but to do a complete duck-and-run job whenever someone asks him a questions undercuts any credibility the writer might have.  And judging by a Google search of “Incarcerated Bob” and his site… he’s not got much credibility in the first place.

 

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SEC Headlines 6/3/2013

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1. The SEC’s sports information directors predict a rematch in the conference championship game.

2. SEC coaches are being careful with what they say in this 24/7 media environment.

3. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson discussed what went wrong during his lone season at Southern Miss.

4. Quarterback guru George Whitfield discussed what Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel needs to improve on before the season.

5. Kicker Andrew Gantz, who previously committes to walk on at Tennessee, has decided to attend Cincinnati.

6. Tennessee’s men’s athletics have reason to be optimistic next year, writes John Adams.

7. Kentucky is ranked No. 101 by USA Today for the upcoming season.

8. Alabama AD Bill Battle discussed his new role with the Crimson Tide after replacing the late Mal Moore.

9. Despite comments made by Ohio State president Gordon Gee, Bret Bielema isn’t a thug after all.

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10. Report: Jonas Hayes will become a full-time assistant coach on Mark Fox’s staff at Georgia.

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11. Rick Pitino on Gordon Gee: “I have a major problem with him.” It gets better during this radio interview.

12. Rutgers’ handling of the Julie Hermann hire continues to receive criticism.

13. Athlon Sports predicts Clemson will win the ACC championship behind senior quarterback Tajh Boyd.

14. There will be no further action in the Pac-12 officiating dispute with Arizona’s basketball team.

15. Very early preview: The Big Ten has released its 2015 football schedule.

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SEC Headlines 9/18/2011 Part One

Clemson 38 – Auburn 24

1. Auburn loses a game in the state of South Carolina for the first time since 1951.

2. Clemson accumulates 624 yards of offense, converts 77.7% of third-down opportunities.

3. Former Tennessee commit Tajh Boyd lights up Auburn for 416 yards of total offense,, throws for 386 yards, second best in Clemson history.

4. Jon Solomon: “For the first time in 60 years, Auburn has allowed 34 points or more in three consecutive games.”

Vanderbilt 30 – Ole Miss 7

5. Largest margin of SEC victory for Vanderbilt in 40 years.

6. James Franklin first rookie coach at Vandy to start 3-0 since World War II.

7. Vandy opens up the playbook – running back Zac Stacy goes for 169 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown run. Highest output for a Commodores running back since 2001.

8. Houston Nutt: “I’ve never felt that way on a sideline.”

Georgia 59 – Coastal Carolina 0

9. Biggest margin of victory for the Bulldogs since 1994.

10. Five-star recruit Ray Drew makes his Georgia debut.  Quarterback Hutson Mason and tailback Carlton Thomas make their 2011 debuts.

11. Isaiah Crowell takes a shot to the ribs.

Florida 33 – Tennessee 23

12. Seven straight wins for the Gators over Tennessee.

13. Pat Dooley: “In some ways it was like two years ago when Tennessee came into The Swamp and lost by 10 and bragged about it because it shouldn’t have been that close. Except Derek Dooley has way more class than Lane Kiffin.”

14. John Adams: Vols still not ready for “big-boy football.”

15. Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps combine for 297 yards of offense.

16. Vols lose wide receiver Justin Hunter early. Further tests needed to know extent of knee injury.

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Clemson QB Chimes In On USC Mess Via Twitter

Reason #6,322 why I hate Twitter…

Yesterday, news broke that South Carolina quarterbacks coach GA Mangus had been arrested in Greenville on a charge of “public nuisance” after drunkenly urinating in a city street.  He has been suspended indefinitely by Steve Spurrier.  Mangus, of course, is viewed as the “mentor” to Gamecock quarterback Stephen Garcia, who has also had a number of alcohol-related incidents over the years.

The reaction came quickly on Twitter.  Even Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd piped up via his keyboard:


“Like coach, like QB, shaking my head.”


Pretty judgmental for a 20-year-old rival quarterback.

Boyd has now given this writer someone to pull against this fall.  Every interception he tosses and every fumble he loses, I’ll be chuckling to myself that the popper-offer might be better at tossing barbs than he is at tossing touchdowns.

Last season, as a freshman, Boyd completed 33 of 63 passes for 329 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.  And those kind of numbers give him the confidence to mock the personal troubles of another program’s quarterback and coach… a coach who has just done serious damage to his career?

If not for Twitter — and coaches stupidly continuing to allow their players to use the medium — I would have never known that Boyd had such a self-righteous attitude.

Well, he’d better hope he doesn’t step out of line during his next three years on Clemson’s campus, lest it be his rear that’s roasted in the Twittersphere.

As someone 20 years older than Boyd, I know that when I call someone out for a moral failing, it could be my flaw that someone else is mocking the next time around.  (Which is why you don’t see this site get too judgmental over moral issues.)

As always, you can follow us on Twitter right here.

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