Spurrier changes his tone about the Clowney situation (Video)

Dr. Saturday

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on Tuesday backed down from comments he made about his star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney after Clowney said he was unable to play against Kentucky on Saturday due to an apparent rib injury.

“Jadeveon has a muscle strain near his rib area that caused him to miss the game last week against Kentucky," Spurrier said. "He was in pain and it was diagnosed later and obviously we all handled it poorly. All of us did."

Spurrier detailed the proper medical protocol before offering some intriguing insight on his star defensive end.

“Let me say this about Jadeveon. If he never plays another snap here, we all should be thankful and appreciative that he came to South Carolina," Spurrier said. "He’s played his part tremendously. I’m all for Jadeveon and his future and when he’s ready to play we’re gonna put him out there. I just want to clear the air.

“All those number seven jerseys and all the money he’s made for our school, he’s been a tremendous, important player, and we all need to be appreciative he chose South Carolina."

That’s certainly a change in tone from Spurrier’s comments on Saturday, where the Ol' Ball Coach seemed frustrated and said that "if [Jadeveon] doesn't want to play, he doesn't have to."

Spurrier should be commended for seeing the big picture. Clowney has done great things for South Carolina and already saw his Gamecock teammate Marcus Lattimore get injured last season – an injury that severely impacted his draft stock. If Clowney feels that playing could potentially jeopardize his future as a pro, I can’t blame him for sitting out games with minor injuries.

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