COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Jadeveon Clowney has people talking again -- and for a reason no one expected when his final season kicked off six weeks ago.
The South Carolina All-American pulled himself from the lineup Saturday night a short time before the Gamecocks' 35-28 victory Saturday night, saying pain from strained muscles around his ribs was too much to bear.
It's the latest in a season of illness, injuries and ineffectiveness for the 6-foot-6, 274 pound Clowney, who figured to dominate the game like few others in college football. Instead, Clowney has spent more time explaining why he hasn't popped off more helmets as he did in his ESPY-winning hit of Michigan's Vincent Smith at the Outback Bowl last New Year's that was practically shown on a non-stop highlight reel this past offseason.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was unsure if Clowney would be ready to go against Arkansas (3-3, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) next Saturday.
Spurrier said his frustration came more from the wa...