Is Clemson's QB a Gambler?

Published on 22-Oct-2013 by Stacey Mickles

Football - NCAA    NCAA Football Daily Update

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Is Clemson's QB a Gambler?

An interesting story has arisen over the past few days at Clemson.

There's a rumor circulating that Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd has run up a serious gambling debt.

Sources say Boyd is $80,000 down for bets he made on the NFL. The Vegas Gambling Steam reported that amount on their Twitter feed, which Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney did what he could to deny during his press conference.

"No knowledge of that, nor do I think there's any credulity to that," Swinney said.

"That's the world we live in. Anybody can say anything they want to and not have to follow up and face questions."

He then added the 21st century media zinger.

"I'm sure it was a very credible website," he said sarcastically.

Well, it's run by a dude named Incarcerated Bob.

Boyd's last bet, according to these sources, was a $15,000 chit he placed on Central Florida to beat Louisville, which obviously paid off. It reduced his arrears to 80-large.

Swinney can deny the rumors all he wants. This will probably dog his quarterback the rest of the season especially after what took place Saturday.

For his part, Boyd issued the expected denials:

Tajh Boyd gambling debt denial

Hopefully, those will have more substance than, say, Rafael Palmiero, Alex Rodriguez, Lance Armstrong, or their patron saint, Pete Rose.

Unfortunately for Boyd, though, every time he makes a bad pass now, someone will wonder if he really made a mistake or was he just paying off his bookies.