If this situation involved just about any other incoming recruit, it would likely merit nary a mention. Because it involves the top player in the Class of 2011, however, the situation resonates a little louder than it normally would.
Both figuratively and, in this case, literally.
According to the Rock Hill Herald, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will appear in court in the not-too-distant future to answer a ticket he received in early July for (cue ominous and really loud organ music now) a noise ordinance violation. Clowney was ticketed after being pulled over July 2 in Rock Hill.
The Herald writes that “[t]he city’s noise ordinance prohibits music from being played so it can be heard 50 feet away.” The penalty for such a violation? A $330 fine, or 30 days in jail if the offender’s bank account isn’t that deep. We’re assuming a slap on the wrist and a stern talking-to would also be part of the judicial process in such a case.
Additionally, there’s no official word yet on if head coach Steve Spurrier plans a demonstration that includes a city block-sized boom box sitting atop one of his shoulders to show the media that it’s not embarrassing to be ticketed.
Clowney, as you undoubtedly know, was the consensus top player in the latest recruiting class, ultimately choosing the Gamecocks over Alabama shortly after National Signing Day. He’s expected to be an immediate and frequent contributor, if not a starter, as a true freshman.
As an aside, and in a totally unrelated matter, we’ll unveil an exclusive investigative report later today on an entire recruiting class from an unnamed ACC school that had the audacity to (gasp!) rip the tags off their mattresses upon arriving on campus…