Posted October 06, 2013

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier: Jadeveon Clowney ‘told me he couldn’t play’

Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina Gamecocks, Steve Spurrier
Steve Spurrier (above) and No. 13 South Carolina sunk Kentucky 35-28 on Saturday. (The State/MCT/Getty Images)

Steve Spurrier (above) and No. 13 South Carolina sunk Kentucky 35-28 on Saturday. (The State/MCT/Getty Images)

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney missed the Gamecocks’ 35-28 win over Kentucky on Saturday with a bruised rib. At least, that’s what the team announced before the game.

During South Carolina’s postgame press conference after the victory, head coach Steve Spurrier and defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward were asked about the decision to keep Clowney out. The coaches offered a few tongue-in-cheek comments regarding their star.

Here are a few notable quotes, courtesy of Josh Kendall of The State in Columbia, S.C.:

30 comments
BrianCrawford
BrianCrawford

They should give his scholarship to someone who wants to play. He obviously doesn't care about his team or education. Some dumb NFL team will pay him a lot of money next year whether he plays another down or not.

donald5
donald5

Nothing good can come out of making this public.  Really... what the heck does Spurrier think statements like that are going to solve?  

AnthonyPatterrson
AnthonyPatterrson

Unfortunate, but he saw first hand Marcus Lattimore lose millions and a viable pro career last season. I'm sure thats in his mind, sucks for the Gamecocks and their fans though.

Cool
Cool

It appears to me that Clowney has an agent who thinks it is in his best interest not to play much this year... every time he has so far this year, his draft status goes lower.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

If Spurrier is annoyed with Clowney's behavior, this is a great way to get the player's attention. Bench him (or sit him as requested, depending on what you believe) and see the press react. I tend  to agree with the comment that the scouts might look at Clowney's attitude and that will cause him to fall in the draft. This is Spurrier's way of pointing out who is boss. 'Mess with me', he's telling Clowney, 'and watch you draft value plummet'. 

Blinker
Blinker

I like Clowney but looks like he is already looking into his interests of next year.  One question.....  Why did he come back after last season at all????  I hope he gets well and starts tearing more QBs heads off.

mjt424
mjt424

People are upset with Spurrier but pro scouts probably are paying attention to this and wondering if Spurrier and Ward are talking like this, both in shock and shaking their heads at Clowney's decision after observing him in practice, because something is very odd. They might question Clowney's toughness and dedication, his willingness to play hurt.


I'm not saying Clowney isn't hurt or his decision isn't best, just that pro scouts will see this as something to think about if they are looking at Clowney as a 1/1 draft pick or a high pick. He's a fantastic talent but it takes more than that to be a great pro.

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

Spurrier has always come across as the worst sort of a-hole.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Clowney one hit wonder, he doesnt want to play year with a chance to get hurt, he will do the minimum this year and enter the draft..............

Frank14
Frank14

personally i dislike spurrier's attitude. putting pressure on injured players to play is how injuries fester and last.

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

Coach must have just thought the player was clowning him.

RobertM
RobertM

NEVER BELIEVE THE COACHES!!!. This is America, a capitalist society and in this scenario only the school and the coaches benefit financially. They benefit  to the tune of millions for the coached per year and billions of dollars to the schools and the NCAA, while the player has little to gain and everything to lose...health, future income, financial rewards delayed etc. Coaches are paid to lie. Players are not paid and are also young and likely relatively poor and feel pressure and likely tell the truth.

scwmd1
scwmd1

When a player feels like he can't play that determination should be respected.  Coaches should not try to shame the player.  Shame on Steve Spurrier.  Time for him to hang it up.  A player is often more likely to get even worse injuries playing hurt.  When a coach feels a player is of no further use to the coach's career how quickly will he ditch the player and his scholarship?


mystafugee
mystafugee

If he can't play he can't play, what's the big deal?  

donald5
donald5

@Cool Why do you need an "agent" to think like that?  I'm pretty sure he can develop that line of thinking without outside help.

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@Blinker He came back because he wasn't eligible for the draft.  Most analysts think he would have been the number 1 pick.

TimHarb
TimHarb

@sameo You get a rib bruised and we will call you one when your on the ground unable to breath

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

@JimKirkwood1 To be fair, he has been projected #1 by a lot of people, so it's kind of hard to rise from that.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@RobertM Which is why they get a college education so they can get a decent job. A very small percentage of college athletes will ever make money off of pure athletic talent alone. The school makes money off of the sports programs. The athlete gets a future if they want one. 

mjw149
mjw149

@scwmd1 It's pretty ugly when a millionaire like Spurriers questions one of his penniless players who has future money on the line.  Clowney isn't Manziel, independently wealthy with nothing to lose.

This is why the system has to change.  These coaches have no conscience.

If the system won't pay the player, then the coaches and ADs shouldn't be paid either.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@scwmd1 Time for Spurrier to "hang it up" cause he wasn't happy about a situation? That's laughable

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@Voiceover310 @RobertM Yea, except that if you're an athlete in a money sport, you're expected to devote yourself full time to the "team" and the sport.  Just taking challenging, normal college courses can get you benched because coaches want to send a message.  They don't want "their" athletes taking anything except sham courses, because they don't want them becoming academically ineligible.

If you go to a big time school you will be strongly "encouraged" to take a specialized major consisting of classes which require little reading, writing, or math.  Lots of stuff like "Political Philosophy" and "Film Appreciation" that mainly require you to show up, do a minimal participation in class discussion, and get a passing grade.  That's if you don't get a joke class that "teaches" you about your sport from your own coach.  

There are exceptions like the guy from Florida State who was an all American and a Rhodes scholar candidate, but in the major sports they are the exception and not the rule.  

Dondada
Dondada

@Voiceover310 @RobertM Yeah, that is if they even have time to study.  Football players spend a significant part of their time fulfilling practice time, promo time, playing time and other committments related to the football program.  How in the hell some of them still manage to graduate is anybody's guess.

j7apple
j7apple

@JimKirkwood1 @BlackSession1 Probably hear about 10 different  players as number one slots before its over lol.....The only thing I think is more sure than who will be number one is what team will....I just cant see any team beating out Jax for that.

Tim38
Tim38

And yet every year there are guys doing engineering degrees and not just fulfilling some academic requirements, they're pursuing degrees in very difficult fields. Let's not make stuff up to feel bad about the football players. I worked full time and received two Bachelors of science in 4 years. Football players do it all the time. Even if you pay them 50k a year (and it wouldn't be much more than that) it doesn't do anything for their future. You're talking maybe a few guys would get a few 100k a year....those guys will get that when they sign the contracts anyway for the NFL. The other 84 guys on the team won't get anything after they're done and won't have a degree. No school is going to pay the scout team guys much and you can bet if they are paying a salary they won't pay a scholarship too. People think these kids will get paid millions and that's just wrong. The biggest issue is these guys want to live like their in the NFL now but they're not. There aren't many guys in the NFL who get carried for 4 years making millions just to ride the bench. That is many if not most of college players.