January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Should Jadeveon Clowney Sit Out 2013 Season?


South Carolina Gamecocks star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is one of the most dominating players and college football and a legitimate candidate for the 2013 Heisman Trophy. While it seems all but certain that Clowney will make the leap to the NFL after his junior campaign, how crazy would it be if the star defensive end decided not to play this season.

That is exactly the scenario that Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer passed along in his recent article.

It would certainly be interesting if Clowney decided to sit out the year and focus on staying healthy and training for the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, but what would the reaction be from NFL personnel? Would he lose any standing among the scouts?

It is highly unlikely.

If Clowney played any other sport, he would have had the chance to go pro by now and he would be getting paid to live out his dream. Instead, he is forced to waste away at the college level for one more season playing for free. He won’t get paid and the only thing that can happen is Clowney being injured and his future being in question.

All Clowney would need to do is look to his former college teammate Marcus Lattimore and see how his college career ended.

Clowney is a physical specimen and has the strength right now to take on NFL offensive linemen and there is no denying his skill level, but how would NFL teams react to a player putting himself above the team and choosing to sit out a year? That is the question that he would need to ask himself.

In the end, sitting out wouldn’t do anything to change the type of player Clowney is on the field.

As crazy as it seems, the right decision for Clowney would be to sit out the season and train for his career at the next level, but that won’t happen. Instead, Clowney will be forced to pay without compensation and hope that he makes it through the year without any long term damage. It is a shame that Clowney is being denied his chance to make a living right now, unfortunately that is the way the NFL eligibility cookie crumbles.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.k.hines Cheryl Kennedy Hines

    That is the most ignorant thing I’ve ever read. Life is not all about money! Stay in school and get a degree! Football doesn’t last forever, an education does.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dale.reynolds.9 Dale Reynolds

      I am not going to disagree that education is not important, but what would you have in life if you had no money?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=641181985 Patrick Moore

        You easily could have what the hundreds of millions of us that DON’T play pro ball have. A job that pays us money and supplies a nice living….well, unless you are caught up in this wonderful economic crisis we are in, but that is another story…lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/bert.p.ellis Bert P Ellis

    Is he there on a sports scholarship? If so, he needs to play. If not, sit down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.english.58 Justin English

    anybody that thinks he is not getting paid is an idiot!!!! I think a full scholarship is worth quite a bit of money….so every time I here that these kids are not getting paid should tell them to pay their own way to college like most everybody else that goes to college.

  • John

    Me baller at its finest

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622313157 Shakira Graham

    If he won’t play then he can give up his scholarship and pay his way through college like everyone else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=641181985 Patrick Moore

    It is crazy to say they aren’t getting paid, first of all. Others have made that argument so I won’t. Another crazy thing is all of this “his future” talk. His future is being able to support himself without football.

    Is he going to be a star in the NFL (assuming he doesn’t get hurt)…yes. No doubt in my mind.

    Is he going to save his money and invest wisely in order to be able to live the rest of his life without working after his NFL career…based on the average pro player the answer to that one is, sadly, no. He may be the exception, but counting on being the exception is a poor plan for anyone’s future. Having that (free) education to fall back on can make the difference in him living a nice life after football and him being another guy that got hurt early in his pro career, spent all his money because he assumed he would make plenty more, and ends up broke with nothing to support himself other than his past fame.

    If he was your son which would you pick? If you say go all in on the NFL I am pretty sure you buy lots of lottery tickets too. And I am not even a Gamecock fan…RTR!

  • http://www.facebook.com/HollywoodShooterRutledge Jeremy FalconsFanatic Rutledge

    I feel dumber after reading this article.This guy gets a full ride at USC, while other kids have to pay a lot of money to go there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lljksilk Daniel Cooper

    I honestly agree with the article’s premise. Sure Clowney is getting “paid” via scholarship, however the $20,000.00 or so his scholarship is costing the University pales in comparison to the millions of dollars he would be denied via an injury. The opportunity cost alone would be enough to justify a decision to sit out. Clowney is first and foremost a team player however, and he will compete. It will just be tragic if something happens similar to Lattimore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/raymond.lapointe.16 Raymond LaPointe

    Wonder how long before Spurrier pulls Sorensen’s press credentials? Why not just do away with college sports? Forget about all the kids that don’t sign a pro contract and get an education in exchange for playing a sport. With the value of a college education, I would say they are getting paid well. Must be a really slow sports news day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.l.smith.5 Scott Anthony Smith

    He isn’t playing for free. He is playing for the oppurtunity to go to college, something he would probably never of had the chance to do if he hadn’t played football. This post is ignorant. If you have the chance to play college ball, you are playing for yourself rather than money. He should play next year, so stop being bitchy stupid analysis.

  • JonnyFootbal124

    And thus begins the degradation of football. Selflessness just doesn’t matter anymore. Soon seniors in high school will start question whether they’re senior campaign is more valuable than the risk of injury… this is sad. It’s also sad to note that he has taken up a valuable seat in each classroom he has attended at the cost of nothing for him. He’s occupied a seat that someone else, someone interested in utilizing that university for what it’s truly their for; academics. Athletes are so incredibly wasteful. I hate the system, it’s so backwards.

  • Eric Burgin

    I completely agree with this article. Those of you talking about him being paid by way of a scholarship is bull$*&@. The revenue that Clowney has generated for the Univ. of South Carolina vs his athletic scholarship is a JOKE! Clowney does not owe me, you or the Univ. of South Carolina a damn thing. Heaven forbids if he suffers a season ending injury what will the University do on his behalf. I’ll tell you what, nothing. A firm handshake and a attaboy. No one will be coming out their pocket to reimburse the millions that he would lose aka Marcus Lattimore. You get a education for the purpose of landing the best job possible in order to provide for your family. Well all the education in the world won’t pay him what he stands to make in just his first contract in the NFL. And unlike most of you, I’m speaking from personal experience.

    • JonnyFootbal124

      First of all, the football TEAM and PROGRAM make the money, not one single player. This isn’t the NFL where people come to watch Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers alongside their respective franchises, this is college football where fans show up if their team is worthy of watching.

      Second of all, don’t you dare equate an education to television revenue. One classroom seat might hold the one person to cure cancer, yet here we are handing that seat over, at the price of playing a game, to too many dumb jocks that don’t deserve it. Plenty of them do, those are the ones who apply themselves and understand the value in what they’re receiving. If you aren’t going to play a full season because of self concerns, especially in football, you don’t deserve that scholarship. Quit the team, the university, and go do your own thing, end of story.

      • GamecockFAN1

        Gamecock Fans show up REGARDLESS of how the team is doing!! Clowney is probably as disgusted with this article as I am. Sorenson is placing ALL the importance on money….. Must be a Republican.

    • John D

      Marcus Lattimore is still going into the draft. Not really a good example. and It’s not like USC forgot about him when he got injured. I would be willing to bet Carolina made sure he had the best rehabilitation possible.

  • Spanky

    If he truly loves the game then he will play. This article really puts most of this country in perspective now. Its all about the dollar. I think he should come back his senior year and play as well. The education will last him longer than his football career. The ones wanting him to come out early are just wanting to make money off of him. Slavery still exists just in a different way.

  • Jeremy

    He may not be getting paid in monetary, but the education he is receiving is priceless. Once your career is over and done with and if you weren’t smart with your money what do you have to fall back on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AuburnJunky Jerry Jackson

    Okay. Say he does that. Here’s what happens.

    He announces he will sit out his Sophomore season. Steve Spurrier then promptly kicks him off the team.

    Now. Since he doesn’t have 2 years of college football under his belt, he is not eligible for the NFL.

    He
    will be relegated to a Junior College, or take a 1 year penalty by
    transferring to another Div 1 school, where he must play, and risk
    injury.

    OR…….

    He could just play, and not have to worry about all that.

    • John D

      While I don’t agree with the article, you’re kind of misled. It would be his junior season, if he red shirted he would still technically be part of the team (there is no real reason to kick him off anyway), and he already has 2 years but he needs 3. However you aren’t required to play in college to be eligible you just have to be out of high school for 3 years.

      • http://www.facebook.com/AuburnJunky Jerry Jackson

        Ahhhh. I see. You’re right. Then hell. Sit out lol.

  • Gamecock Fan

    This might be the dumbest thing a writer has ever suggested an athlete do. He is forgetting what every professional athlete knows: taking a year away from their sport (and not just the physical exertion, but the competition they get to experience at the highest levels) is incredibly detrimental to their game. Players have said that the toughest thing about coming back from year+ long injuries is readjusting to the speed and flow of the game. They just lose something by sitting out for that long. He’d be crazy not to play. Especially since he’s still getting better, his game is developing. This is a crucial time in his development as a player. Also, what sort of message would that send to NFL teams, ‘I only look out for #1?’ Football is a team sport after all.