Can Clemson save cratering ACC?
Clemson was sluggish at times on the road but still looks like the country’s No. 1 team. That’s the good news for the Atlantic Coast Conference, because otherwise the league was embarrassed repeatedly this weekend. Still, Clemson’s place in the College Football Playoff – and thus the ACC’s – should be secure … right?
Other highlights from college football’s Week 3:
TEBOW’S RIDICULOUS ARGUMENT
Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow doesn’t believe college athletes should be compensated because … well, his reasoning doesn’t make much sense. A sampling: “Now we’re changing it from ‘us’ from ‘we’ from ‘my university,’ being an alumni where I care, which makes college sports special, to ‘OK, it’s not about us, it’s not about we, it’s about me.’ “
OK. Anyway, USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken thinks Tebow’s argument is laughable.
- FIBA FAIL: Team USA had a poor showing at the FIBA World Cup. Kobe wasn’t surprised. Jeff Zillgitt on what’s next for the Americans as the Olympics approach.
- THE AIR CONDITIONING FIGHT YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED: LSU beat Texas last week in a football game, but that was just the beginning. The Tigers claimed their locker room was HOT, HOT, HOT. Texas responded sanely by releasing the locker room’s temperature data.
- TENNESSEE DOES GOOD: A fourth-grader in Florida was bullied over his homemade UT shirt. Tennessee sent the kid a bunch of swag, then put the design on an official T-shirt. Oh, then UT offered him a full ride.
- HOUSTON, YOU ARE A PROBLEM: Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole have been nearly unhittable for the Astros. Bob Nightengale on how the duo is keeping it old-school.
- SO HE *IS* HUMAN: Well, maybe. At least Bill Belichick proved his face can contort into a smile during a news conference. A step in the right direction!
- JUSTIFY UNJUST?: Justify, last year’s Triple Crown winner, may have taken some shortcuts. Dan Wolken found his trainer Bob Baffert’s response pretty weak. Tim Sullivan calls the cover-up “shameful,” regardless of framing.
THE SAGA CONTINUES
The week began on a high note for Antonio Brown. The receiver had been released by the Raiders and landed with the Patriots. Then things took a much darker turn when he was accused of rape in a civil lawsuit. Here’s our coverage of the aftermath:
SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Nancy Armour gives her take on the latest drama surrounding Antonio Brown and why it’s casting a shadow on what should be a celebratory year for the NFL.
WEIRD WEEK FOR OBJ
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