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Dabo, Boyd squash $80K gambling rumor

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Clemson QB Tajh Boyd disclaims gambling rumors during Tuesday's press conference. (Oct. 22, 2013/FOX Carolina) Clemson QB Tajh Boyd disclaims gambling rumors during Tuesday's press conference. (Oct. 22, 2013/FOX Carolina)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

During Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney's weekly press conference, a question was asked about a rumor going around the internet that his quarterback may have a gambling problem - which he quickly shut down.

When asked about the rumor, both Swinney and Tajh Boyd denied it, saying it there was no truth to it.

"I have obviously no knowledge of that nor do I think there's any credibility to that," Swinney said. "Spoke to Tajh about it, and he just shook his head."

Swinney went on to say he doubted the site's credibility while raising up Boyd's. He said Boyd had never lied to him before about anything.

"I have no reason not to trust him," Swinney said. "I take him at his word."

The rumor was posted on ibnsportswrap.com, which claimed its sources said Boyd owes more than $80,000 in unpaid gambling debts. The website posted the story a few hours before the FSU game on Saturday, saying Boyd had mostly bet on NFL games.

But Boyd had a reply to those rumors, taking the podium after Swinney on Tuesday.

"Honestly I rarely watch NFL games to gamble with that," Boyd said. "I've got Northland Cable. I only get two games on Sunday. It was kind of shocking to me as well but I guess stuff like that happens sometimes."

Swinney said he dealt with the rumor right away, going straight to Boyd. He also said others in the athletic department would of course look into further because of its serious implications.

Both Boyd and Swinney acknowledged the rumor added to the already difficult weekend.

"Yeah, I heard about that, it just added to my beautiful Sunday," Swinney said. Boyd replied with a similar air, saying he did not hear about it until Sunday, adding to a "rough weekend."

Clemson fell to Florida State at home 51-14.

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