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Ex-Gamecock Clowney: “I Would Have Probably Stayed In College” If I’d Been Paid

gfx - they said itEx-South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has elected to turn pro after his junior season with the Gamecocks.  No one was surprised by his decision.  Just as no one should be surprised that he told “Jim Rome on Showtime” that he would have stayed in school if he had been paid:

 

“Yes.  Having to take care of my family, it would have made a difference if I’d have gotten paid.  If I would have had the chance to take care of my family through college I would have probably stayed in college…

I think (players should be paid).  They are selling our jerseys with our numbers and making money off of ticket sales so I think college athletes should get paid.”

 

No one drafted Clowney or any other college football players.  Those athletes didn’t have to play college ball.  They chose to play college ball.  And if they didn’t see enough value in getting a free college education — when millions of Americans find themselves buried in student loans for half their lives — then they should have done something else with their time.

It’s the NFL that has an age limit.  Players should blame Roger Goodell and company if they want to bark about a lack of wages.

That or athletes should focus on baseball, a sport that allows them to become professionals right out of high school.

But the idea of playing players enough money to “take care” of their families is a non-starter.  The biggest schools in the five biggest conferences are fighting like hell for the right to give players an extra two grand or so per semester as part of a full-cost-of-tuition scholarship.  That’s as good as it’s gonna get for a while.  You think Clowney would view an extra two thousand per semester as enough cash to “take care of his family?”

Here’s guessing that answer is big ol’ no.

And since players aren’t going to be receiving salaries anytime soon, Clowney’s comments to Rome are meaningless.  He might as well have said, “I’d have stayed in college if I had wings.”

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SEC Headlines 4/26/2013

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1. Bear Bryant had 13 first-round picks in 25 years at Alabama.  Nick Saban has 14 first-rounders in six years. Alabama coach discusses his former players.

2. Why is the NFL so lukewarm on Barrett Jones?

3. Former LSU cornerback Tharold Simon reportedly arrested Thursday night – projected as a mid-round pick.

4. Do character concerns explain why Sharrif Floyd dropped last night?

5. It was Tennessee coach Butch Jones who discovered Eric Fisher – the No. 1 overall pick of the draft – and recruited him to Central Michigan.

6. 32 of the last 96 first-round picks in the NFL draft have come out of the SEC.

7. The MrSEC breakdown of this year’s first-round SEC talent.

8. No Arkansas players taken in the first round but as many as six Razorbacks could get drafted this weekend.

9. Mississippi State has three potential late-round picks.

10. Former Alabama and now San Diego Chargers lineman D.J. Fluker on a controversial tweet earlier this week: ”I had nothing to do with it. My agent took care of it.”

11. Johnny Manziel sends congratulations to his former offensive tackle Luke Joeckel – taken second overall last night by Jacksonville.

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12. Manziel is one of five SEC players on this Heisman Trophy Watch List.

13. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson on depth along his defensive line.  “It’s also going to help us practice more physically each day.”

14. Answers to five questions about Auburn’s spring.

15. Tennessee’s new senior associate AD in charge of football is Mike Vollmar – previous work experience includes a stint at Alabama.

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16. Outgoing Georgia president Michael Adams doesn’t like the idea of an extra division in college sports - thinks the “have nots” belong in the same division as the power five conferences. “My view is they still belong.”

17. Heather Mason relieved of her duties as associate strength and conditioning coach at Tennessee. She was one of three plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the university.

18. Felony gun charges dropped against former Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell.

19. Emails, the NCAA, and concerns over video-game images.

20. The NCAA is facing 15 pending lawsuits.

SEC Basketball

21. Kevin Scarbinsky on what Trevor Lacy’s transfer means for coach Anthony Grant: “Grant will enter his fifth season at Alabama squarely on the hot seat.”

22. Coach Mark Fox talks Georgia basketball.

23. About 300 players across college basketball have announced plans to transfer.

Extras

24. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s rules for hugging – just don’t break a rib.

25. Best players still available in the draft.

26. JaMarcus Russell -” the biggest draft bust in NFL history, surpassing even Ryan Leaf.”

27. Digger Phelps diagnosed with bladder cancer.

28. Rick Pitino gets his tattoo.

29. RIP George Jones.  Country music legend dead at the age of 81.

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Nine SEC Players To Attend NFL Draft

The threats of the NFL players union have apparently fallen on deaf ears when it comes to this year’s incoming class of rookies.  A record 25 college players will attend the NFL Draft ceremonies in New York this week… despite the players’ union making it clear that it would prefer rookies not walk across the stage and shake the commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand on national television.

While the players attending might have some fences to mend — and some extra hazing to deal with — once the NFL season actually launches, the draft is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  It’s unfair for veterans who’ve already had their shot at the draft to deprive the league’s top newcomers of the same opportunities they once had.

Of the 25 players planning to attend the draft, nine come from the SEC:

Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
AJ Green, WR, Georgia
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida

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