Clemson's Boyd shoots down gambling rumors

CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH) - Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd shot down rumors on Tuesday that he has more than $80,000 in gambling debt.

A few hours before this past weekend's game against Florida State, an internet rumor came out claiming Boyd had accrued that debt betting on NFL games.

At Tuesday's weekly news conference, head coach Dabo Swinney and Boyd both snuffed out the report.

"I dont know where that came from," said Boyd. "Honestly, I dont really watch NFL games. I only get two games. It was kind of shocking."

Boyd said he didn't find out about the rumors until after the game.

Swinney laughed and said the story "added to his beautiful Sunday" following Clemson's lopsided 51-14 loss to the Seminoles that knocked his team out of the unbeaten ranks and dealt Clemson a critical blow in the ACC race.

"For me, I go right to the source. He's just 'no way coach' and he just shook his head," said Swinney about his conversation with Boyd. "I have no reason to think he would lie to me. He's never lied to me before about anything."

Swinney also questioned how credible the website was that issued the report.

"I'm sure that was a pretty credible website you pulled that from," Swinney sarcastically said to a reporter. "That's the world we live in unfortunately. Anybody can pretty much say what they want."

Swinney says the issue is closed from his perspective, but indicated university officials could investigate the matter further if they feel they need to protect Boyd's and the university's integrity.