Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd responded to an internet rumor that he owed more than $80,000 on a gambling debt, telling reporters the rumor is false in his weekly news conference with the press.
"I have no idea where that came from," Boyd told reporters. "It was kind of shocking to me as well. That on top of the loss (to Florida State) made for a rough little weekend."
The rumor has it that Boyd dug himself quite a hole betting on NFL games. According to USA Today, that “brought laughter from Boyd as he cited the fact that his cable provider allows him access to only two games each Sunday.”
"I rarely watch NFL games," Boyd told the media.
Boyd was questioned by his head coach Dabo Sweeney Sunday morning. Sweeny told reporters, “He just shook his head and said, 'No way, coach,'".
"I have no reason not to believe Tajh Boyd,” Sweeney said. “He's never lied to me before. His character and integrity from my view are impeccable, so I'm going to take his word over some website that I've never heard of, ever."
The university is investigating the clams. The rumors originated from the Twitter account @Pregame_Steam, known for posting false information and being an alias account for notorious rumor kick starter "Incarcerated Bob".
Clemson is coming off a loss to Florida State and faces Maryland as a 14-point road favorite Saturday. Boyd heads into Week 9 as a +10,000 long shot to win the Heisman Trophy.