Who does this Clowney think he is?

If the answer is “The best damn college player in the country” then he’s right:

Clowney should quit while he’s healthy

Jadeveon Clowney does not want to play college football. Simple solution:


Clowney should hand in his South Carolina uniform, even if it means he’ll be stuck with the dreaded label “Quitter.”

We’re already seeing it after Clowney said his ribs were too sore to play Saturday against Kentucky. Steve Spurrier’s fed-up reaction reflected the growing consensus.

Clowney is soft. He doesn’t love football. He’s saving himself for the NFL. All the hype has gone to his head.

He’s guilty on all charges. But before we officially designate this “Jump on Jadeveon Day,” think back to Oct. 27, 2012.

That was when Marcus Lattimore’s right knee was turned into a Slinky against Tennessee. Everybody who saw it was horrified. A certain 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive end had an especially good vantage point standing on the South Carolina sideline.

The thought of that happening to him doesn’t excuse Clowney’s behavior, but it makes it more understandable. If you disagree, please do the math.

Lattimore was projected to be a mid-to-late first round draft pick. Players selected between No. 15 and No. 25 in the 2012 draft received $9.3 million to $7.7 million in guaranteed money.

San Francisco picked Lattimore in the fourth round. He signed a four-year deal for $2.46 million. That included a $300,000 signing bonus and a base salary this year of $405,000.

Lattimore was put on the Physically Unable to Perform list in preseason as he continues to recover from the injury. Nobody knows if he’ll ever be the same runner he was at South Carolina. We do know the injury likely cost Lattimore at least $7 million.

Wouldn’t he have liked to have had bruised ribs before that Tennessee game?

Like Lattimore, Clowney is a third-year junior. Like Lattimore, he was good enough to be drafted after his sophomore year but NFL rules prevented it.

Unlike Lattimore, Clowney probably would have been the No. 1 pick. The player who ended up there, Eric Fisher, signed a four-year deal for a guaranteed $22.1 million. Clowney got an all-expenses-paid trip back to Columbia from the Outback Bowl.

That’s where he almost decapitated a Michigan runner. The video was replayed approximately 22.1 million times and cemented the legend. It also made one question ring out: Why shouldn’t Clowney quit college football?

If Clowney was a baseball or basketball player, he would be a professional athlete and a multi-millionaire right now. But since he’s a football player he’s forced to either:

a) Play football for free

b) Not play football this year

If he chooses option “a” he will receive a free education from the University of South Carolina while helping his school make millions of dollars in revenue. But he won’t be allowed to accept any pay or gifts – not even a free meal.

Supposedly the rules are there to protect the players. That arrangement is really profitable for the NCAA, not so much for the players. If Clowney gets permanently disabled as a student athlete he’ll get nothing from the pros.

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40 Responses to Who does this Clowney think he is?

  1. The Klown says:

    MNF is half-way decent tonight.

  2. The Klown says:

    I hate the Braves marginally less than I hate the Dodgers so I’m rooting for Atlanta tonight.

    Who am I kidding – I despise the Dodgers.

  3. Dream come true for me. Tampa and Atlanta. Atlanta was HOMETOWN team I love, and Tampa is my adopted one. OoooooHHHHA! 🙂

  4. The Klown says:
  5. wmcb says:

    I think the rules are silly, myself. As you pointed out, young people in other sports such as basketball, golf, tennis, whatever can go right out there and market their skills at the time of their choosing. Why shouldn’t football players be able to do the same?

    • angienc says:

      Because colleges don’t raise the kind of money from the other sports like they do with their football programs.
      Like everything else that doesn’t make sense on the surface: follow the money.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Haven’t some college talents gone ahead and entered the NFL draft before they finished school ? Percy Harvin comes to mind….


      Left Florida in his junior year to enter the 2009 NFL draft.

      Not that I pay close attention to these things, but he was a local kid 🙂

      • angienc says:

        I don’t know about this player Percy in particular, but I know it happens occassionally and I think it is usually the case were the player red-shirted (was on the team but didn’t play by pre-arrangement his freshman year — lots of athletes do this so they end up going to school for 5 years total but when they start playing their second year they’ve had one year of practicing & conditioning with the team).

      • angienc says:

        Sorry — didn’t finish my thought. So after red-shirting their first year, they are still called “freshmen” when they start playing & by junior year they’ve already been on the team 4 years. That could have been the case with Percy. The NCAA rule is that a player has to wait for their class to graduate (the one they started with regardless of whether they played or red-shirted their first year and regardless of whether they personally are graduating) before they can go into the NFL. So 4 years from the day they enter college.

  6. wmcb says:

    • The Klown says:

      The “income gap” is a misleading statistic. It’s like a kid complaining that his sister got a bigger piece of the pie. Your fair share is not determined by the size of the biggest piece.

      • wmcb says:

        Oh, I agree. I just find it amusing that when you dig into the data, it ain’t South Dakota and Mississippi that have the “problem” they are so exercised over. It’s THEIR people skewing those stats, not the bitter clingers.

  7. The Klown says:


    I HATE THEM!!!!

  8. Lulu says:

    Moody’s says the WH is full of shit threatening default. I would guess they think the courts would tell the WH they can’t do that so knock it off. Or China did. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101090387

  9. angienc says:

    Tjeoretically, Clowney isn’t playing for free — he’s getting an education. How seriously he’s taking his course work is another matter, but I’m sure he’s got a full ride scholarship that covers classes, books, room & board (and the athletes get better food than everyone else on most campuses). I’m sure the college provides free tutoring to the athletes too if they need it.

  10. leslie says:

    What happens to his free education if Clowney gets injured and can no longer play? (Not being smug. I don’t know the answer.) These guys take a big risk every time they enter the playing field. Some risks are greater than others, I would think.

    • angienc says:

      I’m not 100% sure but I’m pretty sure that the athletic scholarship isn’t lost due to injury. Colleges have to at least keep up the pretense that they are providing education first & foremost. That’s not to say that athletic scholarships can’t be lost — they can if the player flunks out or gets in some kind of criminal trouble — but I doubt an injury would cause them to loose the scholarship if it happens after they’ve already entered the school.

      • The Klown says:

        The colleges will honor their promises but a lot of the incentives and privileges that don’t appear in the contract will evaporate. Lots of those kids would never be in college if they were not gifted athletes – even if money was not a problem.

      • leslie says:

        Thanks for the responses. I used to work at the Northwestern U. student registration. You are correct that many of the students would not see the “other side” of a college campus were it not for athletic scholarships. But I wonder if some of them were not also positively influenced by just being present on the campus and perhaps made some positive changes because of that. (I hope)

  11. wmcb says:


  12. Lulu says:

    Not only are the federal exchanges not enrolling people for Zerocare, the files they are sending insurance companies to process them are unintelligible. In a couple of weeks the carriers will send up a “red alert” and put a stop to it. Their reputation is on the line too for lobbying for this crap and volunteering to offer shit insurance. They thought they had a captive market but the funnel to feed it is broke.

  13. foxyladi14 says:

    The house has passed bills to open up a lot of things.
    But Dingy Harry say’s NO!!!! 👿

  14. wmcb says:

  15. helenk3 says:


    how interesting

    reid tells backtrack, NO biden to be included in shutdown and debt ceiling talks

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