Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/30/13
Say what you will about coaches, but for the most part, when speaking about their opponents they always take the high road and stay classy. Call it “coach’s speak”, call it whatever you will, at the end of the line it’s the way it should go. The 2012 Offensive Linemen South Carolina defensive lineman Javedeon Clowney should take that same high road I just spoke about, or at least go with the old proverb “if you have nothing good to say don’t say anything”. The All-American should remember that the game was nationally televised, so while we were forced to watch him chasing around Bryn Renner on a few occasions, we were also force fed by ESPN to stare at the tube showing him on the sideline looking mighty tired and the times he had his hands on his knees while waiting for the next play. Along with the fact that even the commentators of the game said he took plays off during the game. To be fair, on Mike & Mike in the Morning, coach Herm Edwards said that it is not right to say players take plays off. By all means it was 95 degrees on the field and probably hotter with the humidity, but it was that temperature for all. On the other hand there was just one player who is supposed to be the best of the best, and that was him. “I wasn’t really impressed (with Hurst) like I was the guy with Michigan,” Clowney said after the game. I guess three tackles, and no sacks, in 51 plays on the field, which means he was on the sideline for 35 snaps (and plenty were before the game was decided), is something that the young man from Columbia equals to the hype of being a contender for the Heisman and a possibly being the top pick in the NFL Draft. If that so, congratulations, if not, then I would tone down the fact that you could not give some credit about what just happened to you in the game. Something like “I did not have my best game, but they did a good job on me” would have made the Gamecock look a lot more classier than what he said. When today we read about the clash of the Carolina’s the reality will be that UNC Football was outplayed in their first game of the 2013 campaign. What you will not read, or better said you should not, is that Clowney beat UNC’s line, cause he did not. That one small sentence, which I think the young man will regret down the line, was even more compounded by the fact that both in the pre-game and during the game itself the so called analyst showed us how the junior is going to be this and that in the upcoming season. Let me interject that I do not follow South Carolina, so I do not know much about the D lineman, except for what I hear on college football shows. However, for me last night, Clowney wasn’t the game changer made out to be by the media in his squad’s home opener, and not much of a man in saying what he did. In a day and age where the NFL team nitpick all things the future NFL’er should think more about what he says before speaking to the media.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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