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.
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.
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.
For now, this overblown situation appears to be over.
Spurrier brought it on himself.
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