Is he tanking? Will he come back? Are the coaches mad at him? Is he just out of shape?
Steve Spurrier tried to today to toss some cold water on the Jadeveon Clowney situation that exploded in the national media following Saturday’s game. Clowney didn’t play due to bruised ribs, at least that was the early explanation. After Saturday’s win over Kentucky, the Ol’ Ball Coach made it pretty clear that he wasn’t happy with how the player handled things. The story grew when Spurrier told reporters they would need to ask the player about his commitment to the team because he “can’t speak for Jadeveon.
Well today Spurrier said this:
“He was in pain. It was diagnosed later (as a muscle strain), and obviously we all handled it poorly. All of us did…
Let me say this about Jadeveon: If he never plays another snap here, we all should be thankful and appreciative that he came to South Carolina. We’ve won 26 games, two 11-2 years, the greatest seasons we’ve had in the history of this school, so none of us need to be upset at Jadeveon, none of us.
I’m all for Jadeveon and his future, and when he’s ready to play, we’re going to put him out there.”
When the story is this or this, you want to walk it back. Today’s reaction shows that Spurrier knows exactly how to walk back a story.