Clowney saga is Spurrier’s fault, not Jadeveon’s

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In case you haven’t noticed, Steve Spurrier loves the spotlight.

He enjoys stories that are all about him. And believe it or not, the Jadeveon Clowney saga that’s stretched from Saturday afternoon to the middle of this week can be once again placed on Spurrier opening his mouth a little too wide after what he deemed a ho-hum effort from his football team.

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The Head Ball Coach jumped the gun a bit following South Carolina’s 35-28 win over Kentucky and on Tuesday, refused to provide a coherent apology, instead choosing to deliver a damage-controlled mockery of an excuse hand delivered by the university.

While he did publicly back Clowney saying “we should all be thankful and appreciate him playing at South Carolina” to save face, he placed the blame on all parties involved, labeling the situation as being “poorly handled” instead of dissecting his own arrogance.

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Whether or not college football’s best defensive player is sandbagging his junior season in preparation for the NFL Draft isn’t the point. This distraction could’ve been avoided if Spurrier would have told reporters post game that Clowney’s rib injury was too much to handle for the 6-foot-6 defensive end instead of whining that his top pass-rusher made his own decision about playing.

Related: How Spurrier overreacted after the Georgia loss

For now, this overblown situation appears to be over.

Spurrier brought it on himself.

Photo Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Why does he have to cover for Clowney taking a game off? If Clowney had 1/8 of a heart at all this season he would’ve been on that field. I’d be annoyed if I was Spurrier too. This is the best player on your football team and he, for whatever reason, isn’t putting any effort into the game for himself or for the team.

  • The Clowney saga may be mostly due to Spurrier not biting his tongue, but it isn’t his arrogance or love of the spotlight that is the to blame. Spurrier is just an outspoken coach who is upset he has a talented player who is selfish. Yes, most coaches might avoid the controversy and use coachspeak to be professional, but again SCar knew what it was getting into with bringing Spurrier on board: a damn coach who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, albeit usually with smart ass remarks. Don’t complain about him now.

  • This is not the first time Clowney has had a performance flake out. Sometimes talented people can’t see their own inconsistent behavior and sometimes they are just powerless to change it. Everyone has a different set of physical and mental gifts.

    It is the coaches job to try everything possible to promote his players to functional careers. Nobody wants someone working for them, NFL or otherwise, that can’t fill their role most every day.

    I suspect that Coach Spurrier has tried every method in the book and probably invented a few new ones to bring Clowney along. A public statement might seem to be pure frustration and spontaneous but it might also be a well thought out method to help this athlete look at his own behavior and improve it.

    You can be sure that if Clowney had really been at risk, Spurrier would have been the last person to suggest he take a chance on missing more games by participating. There are two kinds of football followers: those who have been part of functional teams and those who can’t trust proven leaders because they can’t recognize the models.

    • sorry Brad, I appreciate your writing but I have the opposite experience with this. If you have more information that we are missing be sure to add it, so that I’m not being unfair here.