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South Carolina On Clowney: “We Determined There Was No Violation”

jadeveon-clowney-autographPulled into Johnny Manziel/autograph story by Texas A&M supporters attempting to shift the focus from their own quarterback, University of South Carolina officials have said this afternoon that Jadeveon Clowney is guilty of no wrongdoing.  Associate athletic director Chris Rogers said today:

 

“We have investigated things that have been on eBay with him and student-athletes before.  In the situations I can say we looked into, there was no further for us to go, and we determined there was no violation.”

 

The website GoodBullHunting.com — a Texas A&M-centric site — claimed today that 258 sequentially-numbered items signed by Carolina’s star defensive end can be found for sale on websites like eBay.

Clowney’s coach, Steve Spurrier, told ESPN today: “There is a lot of stuff out there with Marcus (Lattimore) and Jadeveon, but as far as I know and I really believe Jadeveon has never accepted anything for signing anything.”

Whether he has or he hasn’t, Clowney is now a part of Autograph-gate.  What?  You thought we’d all be able to focus on football now that the season is less than a month away?  Please.  As soon as it was learned that the NCAA is digging into rumors that Manziel’s had received cash in exchange for his signature, it was only a matter of time before every item on the internet autographed by a current college athlete would be scrutinized.

Yippee.

 


6 comments
tbear57
tbear57

Been reading comments on JFF and Manziel Mania on many sites and blogs and I sense a theme. Unlike most comments on MrSEC, the majority of the comments posted are childish and petty. Not well thought out arguements that reek of jealousy. It's a sad commentary on the class envy culture we live in that makes targets out of the successful, ie. the SEC, Coach Saban and the Bama machine, star quarterbacks with models for girlfriends and a "jet-set" lifestyle. Bottom line is until it can be proven that Manziel was compensated for HIS name the small minded haters and the TMZ sports media should be ignored. Let's play some football.

StanTxAg
StanTxAg

@John.  The Aggie site you refer to wasn't the first to bring up the similarities of Johnny and Clowney and autographs for sale, it was from BustedCoverage.  But, here's what the Aggie writer wrote about your remarks:   "I don't really mind his comments [John]. Clowney was the easiest comparison in terms of fame and volume of items. After bustedcoverage got a story out, I felt like I should go with what I had. It's the very tip of a huge iceberg and the end goal is not to tear down Clowney but to show a possibly pervasive problem. This is not just about Johnny."

It's not your problem that ESPN is dipictiing this as Johnny signs bulk, here in a hotel room with a autograph pusher=guilty.  Yet, as Clowney is an example, does the same thing..so does Braxton and Bridgewater to some extent. [I can't prove that or anyone else] and their school says all good here .  ESPN remains silent.   And jhonestly, Maziel isn't just going to "take one" for the NCAA.  Like it or not, this is a college football wide concern. 

Don't know how it will end, but there's no need to stir up hate between Aggies and USC.  That will come in Atlanta when Johnny stiff arms Clowney and knocks his helmet into the stands.  (See what I did there?  That's how you start a good hate.)


 

the_voice
the_voice

Wait until the next can't miss high school phenom signs an autograph for $500,000 for a Mega State University booster and then happens to sign with Mega State. If you are a fan of Mega State's arch rival, how stupid will this rule look then?

j_scott_o
j_scott_o

I like the provocative first statement insinuating that A&M allegiances are trying to turn the spotlight off of Manziel onto another player in the SEC.  Provocative?  Yes.  Accurate?  No.  Rather, what the A&M site is doing it pointing out that Manziel is not the only athlete that signs lots of autographs for these brokers, as was being perceived in the media reports.  Instead, the A&M site is pointing out with Clowney, Bridgewater, Boyd, etc. that they all are doing it as well, but, how come the media isn't looking into those cases but only looking at Manziel?  And, what I'm starting to see in the media, at least right now, is each one of these players' institutions is saying there is no wrong-doing, and it is taken as gospel.  Now, don't get me wrong.  This rule is stupid, but, it is still the rule.  If Manziel violatd the rule and did indeed get paid and it is proven, then I do not want him playing for my Aggies.

greg.w.h
greg.w.h

As a point of context:  A&M has a fairly well-connected student body that has demonstrated some interesting "wins" in social media contests such as winning the ESPN Gameday commercial for last year.

I say interesting because we sometimes see various participants maximizing the full extent of the technology in a way that isn't always in the spirit of the rules.  For lots of reasons--including just that when a company like ESPN puts up a promotion for a social media contest--it ends up not really being a "big deal" even though in the best of all possible worlds we might look askance at the behavior.

Unnamed memorabilia brokers seeking to out a college athlete via casting of aspersions is the OLD social media way to win a contest on the field.  That isn't to say that the accusations are all necessarily false, but it is to suggest that the SEC has had its fair share of these kinds of situations in the past.

I personally think it is awfully unfortunate that those associated with Texas A&M would appear to lash out at a conference mate's athletes as a way to address the unfortunate stink surrounding this latest situation with Johnny.  But if the information that was dug up is factual, it is roughly equivalent to the typewriter experts who analyzed the Dan Rather memo and proclaimed it was done on a word processor and not on a contemporary piece of office equipment of the date when it was supposedly created.

That's just good journalism, right John?

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