Jadeveon Clowney

Clowney: ‘I didn’t do nothing wrong’


While the literal interpretation of Jadeveon Clowney‘s words written in the above headline will do little to dispel concerns over qualifying academically, they should at least allow South Carolina and fans of its football program to breathe a little bit easier this afternoon.

Earlier today, a picture of Clowney getting frisked by police in the parking lot of a Columbia, SC, bar made its way across the vast expanses of the Internet, causing some significant consternation as to what led up to the nation’s No. 1 recruit being on the receiving end of a pat-down.  According to Clowney, it was much ado about nothing.

The Gamecocks signee told The State this afternoon that he was with his South Pointe High School teammate and fellow Gamecock signee Gerald Dixon when they were stopped by Columbia police officers, who were apparently searching for individuals involved in a robbery.

“They stopped us and said we fit a description,” said Clowney. “They said some guy called and said he got robbed and said (someone) had a gun. He said we fit the description. …

“I had nothing on me. [The police officer] said, ‘Oh, we got the wrong person‘, and he let us go.”

The stop-n-frisk didn’t seem to bother Clowney as much as the attention that came in the aftermath.

“I am just upset because there is stuff on the news about this,” Clowney said. “I didn’t do nothing wrong. Yeah, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I didn’t have anything to do with (a robbery).”

Wrong place, wrong time?  Yeah, I would say an underage high school senior at a drinking establishment at 2 a.m. during a school week would qualify as the dictionary definition of that.

Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.

Michigan’s keeping ‘fingers crossed’ for leading rusher’s availability

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Michigan played without its leading rusher in Week 5.  The Wolverines are hoping there won’t be a repeat in Week 6.

De'Veon Smith sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU and didn’t travel with the team for last Saturday’s win over Maryland.  Smith has been practicing with his teammates throughout the first few days of this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic that the running back will be available for what’s turned into a huge Big Ten matchup with Northwestern Saturday in the Big House.

“He’s practicing and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to stay good and be ready to play,” Harbaugh said during a radio appearance Thursday morning. “But we’ll (keep) looking at that every day.”

Despite essentially missing a game and a half, Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.

Should Smith be unable to go again, the Wolverines have three other backs with at least 100 yards on the ground: Ty Isaac (187, 7.2 yards per carry), Drake Johnson (125, 4.2 ypc) and Derrick Green (100, 3.3 ypc).

In addition to Smith, Harbaugh is hopeful Channing Stribling will be available this weekend as well.  The starting cornerback didn’t play against the Cougars because of injury