January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Vincent Smith (2) reacts on the field after he was tackled by South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (not pictured) and forced a fumble 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

Jadeveon Clowney would have been ejected for Outback Bowl hit under new NCAA rule

We all remember the devastating hit that South Carolina Gamecocks star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney laid on Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the 2013 Outback Bowl. It is a play that was continuously played for the following weeks and it is a hit that will forever be a part of Clowney’s legacy.

While it was a great moment and play by the dominating defensive star, the new NCAA automatic ejections rule would have resulted in booting Clowney from the game, according to officials.

Let’s just hope that officials in other conferences have a little more common sense.

The new rule calls for ejections whenever a player targets the head of another individual. While Vincent Smith’s helmet flew off during the hit, Clowney was in no way trying to target the head. He is a 6-foot-6 grown ass man that was trying to get low enough and he laid the hit of the year.

Ejecting Clowney for that play would have been a disservice to him as a player and to South Carolina, because Michigan would have gotten the ball back because their line was unable to block Clowney. That doesn’t seem fair to anyone.

Here is the Clowney hit one more time:

Does that look like he was targeting the head? Should that result in a suspension?

Let’s hope not and that the new rule will not end up costing teams and players some of the biggest moments and plays of the year.

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  • Martin Blankenship

    Cotton Bowl huh?

  • Gamecock Fan

    The key thing to remember here is that it was only ACC officials who said this. They are terrible, so it’s not surprising that the head of their officials would have made a horrible call.

  • sto010011

    Big 12 said the same thing at their Media Day. This is bad for CFB.