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Jadeveon Clowney controversy at South Carolina?

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09:55 AM ET 10.06 | In the offseason, there were some who thought Jadeveon Clowney would -- or should -- sit out the 2013 season in order to protect his presumptive status as the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 draft. Just prior to South Carolina's game with Kentucky Saturday night, the All-American made a decision that has some thinking along those lines yet again. The defensive end did not play in the Gamecocks' win, telling the coaching staff that his bruised ribs, which kept him out of practice Thursday, would not allow him to get on the field. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward called Clowney's decision a surprise, saying he thought the lineman would be available. Ward did not find out he wouldn't have Clowney at his disposal until shortly before kickoff.

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October 6, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Those bruised ribs will last to the bowl game.

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October 6, 2013  10:17 AM ET

Not helping himself. Regardless, It is QBs that will go off the board first and someone should tell this young man that their is a rookie pay scale in the NFL and he will get slotted money and not one penny more....

October 6, 2013  10:25 AM ET

The controversy exists in the media. Leave the good folks in South Carolina out of this.

He's still a great player and he's hurt. That's what he told his coaches. But he's not ESPN's love child anymore so now he gets thrown under the bus.

The media is doing the same thing they've always done - beating the dum of discontent and drama in order to build their empire/market share. Randolph Hearst taught everyone how this works at the turn of the century.

If you're buying the freshly-minted Clowney controversy, or if you bought into Clowney as the best-ever-man-amongst-boys hype a few months ago that means you are a lemming.

October 6, 2013  11:22 AM ET

I think it is more an issue that JC pulled himself, not the coaches or medical staff....from what I could get from OBC's interview.

October 6, 2013  11:24 AM ET

Hope he drops in the draft...

All the way to the Cowboys.

October 6, 2013  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Hope he drops in the draft... All the way to the Cowboys.

Wouldn't do any good.

Sharif Floyd was there for the taking this year, but when the Cowboys were on the clock it took 15 minutes for Jerry to throw 15 months of scouting out of the window. But, hey, we got some pretty good 2nd round talent with our 1st round pick.

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October 6, 2013  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Wouldn't do any good.Sharif Floyd was there for the taking this year, but when the Cowboys were on the clock it took 15 minutes for Jerry to throw 15 months of scouting out of the window. But, hey, we got some pretty good 2nd round talent with our 1st round pick.

B-f-G... damn you! Stop raining on my dreams!

October 6, 2013  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

B-f-G... damn you! Stop raining on my dreams!

Nov 3rd Sharif Floyd and the Vikings come to town.

Just makin' it rain some more, Otis!

October 6, 2013  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He's still a great player and he's hurt. That's what he told his coaches. But he's not ESPN's love child anymore so now he gets thrown under the bus.

Clowney put it into cruise-control before the season began, obviously trying to protect the merchandise. Too bad he couldn't have declared after sophomore year. The system is looking pretty dumb right now.

October 6, 2013  12:22 PM ET

You really can't fault his decision. He will be a number 1 draft choice and he is just being cautious.

October 6, 2013  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

You really can't fault his decision. He will be a number 1 draft choice and he is just being cautious.

Yes you can and he's no longer the #1 overall pick.

October 6, 2013  12:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Yes you can and he's no longer the #1 overall pick.

Bridgewater? Roby? Mathews?

October 6, 2013  12:49 PM ET

Maybe he wanted to spend more time studying for his degree...?

October 6, 2013  12:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Bridgewater? Roby? Mathews?

Best left tackle, whoever that may be determined in 5 months. Maybe Matthews at ATM ?

October 6, 2013  12:51 PM ET

Not sure I care that much about what a young man does or doesn't do about the NFL draft.
It will all shake out in its own good time.

October 6, 2013  12:51 PM ET

Clowney should definitely sit out the Tennessee game.

October 6, 2013  01:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Bridgewater? Roby? Mathews?

Stephen Morris would be my pick.

 
October 6, 2013  01:42 PM ET

What a gyp this week in CFB was. All the superior teams lost the close one's. Texas wasn't the better team, UCLA wasn't the better team, Tennessee wasn't the better team. How can we let a team lose like Tennessee? The RB lost the ball 1 millimeter from the goal line. Georgia didn't touch him or cause him to fumble or drop the ball. The right thing to do, is set Tennessee up where he let go of it. Now because of some fluke Georgia gets an undeserved win. The refs made sure Washington didn't win by reversing a catch on the field with a replay that didn't show anything, much less indisputable evidence. I don't know how ASU lost to Notre Dame. I watched the game, I just don't know how it happened. The refs gave Ohio st. a TD that you couldn't tell because it was on an angle, and then took away a first down on 4th and 1 that looked the same, only it was for Northwestern and they don't want Northwestern to mess up Ohio St.'s chances of going undefeated. Those chances are 100% especially with officiating like this.

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