‘I don't know where that came from'

CLEMSON - Just hours before Clemson and Florida State kicked off on Saturday night; ibnsportswrap.com reported that Tajh Boyd owed $80,000 in gambling debts.

According to scoresandodds.com, the game's line opened with Florida State as a 2.5 point favorite before topping out at 5.5.

The line remained at 3 for most of the week before jumping 2.5 points shortly before Saturday night's kickoff.

Saturday evening's story from ibnsportswrap.com alleges that Boyd owed two bookies money from bets that were placed primarily on NFL games.

Word of the story didn't come to surface around Clemson media circles until Sunday morning, hours after the Tigers' 51-14 loss.

Boyd denied the allegations during Tuesday's media obligation.

"I don't know where that came from. Honestly, I don't really watch NFL games," he said, with a smile. "I have Northland cable, I only get two games…it was kind of shocking."

Boyd learned of the story on Sunday morning.

"I got a few calls that Sunday morning. When I heard that, I was kind of shocked," he said. "That on top of the loss, it was just a rough weekend."

Dabo Swinney said the story "added" to his "beautiful Sunday."

That's when he learned about it.

"I have, obviously, no knowledge of that or any credibility to that," Swinney said.

He added, "That's the world we live in, unfortunately. Whenever you have anything like that, you follow up on it, investigate that.

"I don't have any knowledge whether that's factual."

Boyd and Swinney have discussed the story.

"I have no reason not to trust him. Absolutely, no question about it, his character, his integrity," Swinney said, "As opposed to some website that, again, probably has some often un-credible reports on it."

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