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Writer: USC’s Clowney Shouldn’t Have To Play In 2013

gfx - they said itTom Sorensen of The Charlotte Observer probably won’t be getting very many friendly emails from South Carolina fans today.  His column about All-Everything Gamecock Jadeveon Clowney is filled with good points:


1.  Clowney is ready for the NFL now.

2.  Due to the league’s rules, Clowney may be ready, but he’s not eligible to play in the league for another year.

3.  Everyone saw what happened to Clowney teammate Marcus Lattimore last season.


So in Sorensen’s words:


“If you’re Clowney, what do you do? Give the school everything you have and try to upend the Crimson Tide?

Play not to get hurt?

Or sign with an agent, get assigned coaches and trainers and spend the season pumping up and preparing for the pros?

If Clowney doesn’t return to Columbia, South Carolina would be cheated.

At the moment, only Clowney is.”


Maurice Clarett challenged the NFL’s age limit in court and lost.  So whether you view it as being fair or not, the league’s rule is a fact of life at this point.  Clowney will have to live with it.

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