As expected, South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier was asked several questions on his Sunday teleconference about defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s decision to not play Saturday night because of a strained muscle around the rib area. Here’s a full transcript of what Spurrier had to say about Clowney’s injury, absence and commitment moving forward.
Will Jadeveon play Saturday at Arkansas?
Well, we’ll have to wait through the week to see if he can play.
Will his status be day-to-day, week-to-week, or will be miss a lot of time?
We don’t go by week-to-week. Obviously he doesn’t have a broken leg or anything that would keep him out two to three weeks. He has a muscle strain around the rib area. It just depends on how long it keeps him out.
Were you frustrated with his commitment to get on the field?
No. It was just, we didn’t know he wasn’t playing until right before the game. That was a little frustrating. Usually the trainer or the doctor tells you, ‘This guy’s out.’ That did not happen last night. But on the other side, if a player’s in pain and can’t play, I don’t want him to play. None of us do. I guess we just didn’t know until right before the game.
Do you have any concerns that his commitment is with South Carolina at this point?
You’ll have to ask him that. I can’t speak for Jadeveon. You’ll have to ask him that. We’ll try to make him available this week sometime for you guys, OK.
Have you talked with Jadeveon since last night?
No, I haven’t talked with Jadeveon. Our assistant coaches have talked with him, but it’s just not a big story. The big story was, he was in pain and couldn’t play. We’ll see if he’s going to be in pain and can’t play or not in pain and can play this week. We’ll have to wait a while to find out, I guess.
Did Jadeveon go onto the field with pads on and test his injury before the game Saturday?
You need to ask those questions to somebody else. Jadeveon was not suited up. And I said, ‘You’re not playing?’ He said, ‘Nope, I’m in pain.’ OK? That’s the story. I don’t know what else to tell you about it, but that’s the story. So I said, ‘OK.’ When a player’s in pain, can’t play, he doesn’t play.
How much impact does Clowney’s absence have on your defense, and how do you adjust?
Well, that was the first time last night. Of course, he doesn’t play every play all the time anyway. I guess he plays more than half of them, but he comes out a lot, gets a break – this, that and the other. But again, we’ve not made a lot happen rushing the passer and knocking the ball loose, so we haven’t had much of that this year. Although we had some turnovers at Central Florida last week. I think we got three interceptions down there that was very helpful beating those guys. But other than that, we’ve not been a team that gets a lot of turnovers