The Capital One Bowl indeed was the last time we’ll see Jadeveon Clowney play at the collegiate level.
Following South Carolina’s 34-24 win over Wisconsin Wednesday in Orlando, the junior defensive end was asked if he was turning pro.
“Yes, sir,” was the response.
It was about as foregone a conclusion as possible that Clowney would leave Columbia after his junior year. Despite finishing with only three sacks in 2013, Clowney proved all he could in 2012. Racking up 13 sacks will do that (Clowney also had eight his freshman year).
He was the subject of some passive-aggressive barbs from coach Steve Spurrier (which, really, is par for the course from the head ball coach) earlier in the year when he backed out of playing an early October game. The Spurrier quote:
“If he doesn’t want to play, he doesn’t have to play, simple as that. We were thinking he was going to suit up and play. He did not practice Thursday. Couldn’t run. Said he couldn’t play. Any time a player says he’s hurt, can’t play, who are we to question? He doesn’t play.”
Spurrier later admitted everyone involved handled the situation poorly, and there didn’t appear to be any lingering animosity between the player and coach.
Clowney is almost universally rated as the best defensive player in the 2014 NFL Draft pool, and jockeys between the No. 1 and No. 2 overall player with Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (who declared for the draft earlier today).
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.
So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.
Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.
The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.
The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.
Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.