Finebaum rips Clowney situation, takes shot at USC fans

jkendall@thestate.comOctober 9, 2013 

Paul Finebaum, who referred to the Jadeveon Clowney situation as “the biggest joke in college football” earlier this week, appeared Wednesday morning on 560 The Team in Columbia.

Despite Tuesday comments from Steve Spurrier and Clowney designed to defuse the situation, Finebaum, a longtime SEC journalist and now an ESPN personality, said, “I think the issue still remains. You can’t just put a bunch of paint over a decaying situation. I didn’t really buy anything I heard yesterday.”

Clowney sat out the Kentucky game due to a muscle injury, setting off questions about his commitment to the Gamecocks. Clowney insisted Tuesday evening he is fully committed to his final season of college football.

“He came off likeable, which he is. I am a fan of Jadeveon. … But I think he has handled it poorly,” Finebaum said. “I’m still not sure we know what is going on.”

Finebaum, who has known Spurrier for more than 20 years, also commented on Spurrier’s Tuesday comments, which defended Clowney.

“I never remember him having a prepared statement,” Finebaum said. “What he said yesterday was not Steve Spurrier. That was someone, whether it be the AD, the president, his friends, saying, ‘Listen Steve you need to walk that back’ and he doesn’t do that very well. … He is the most honest coach that has ever lived so I am always going to take his first statement as the truth.

“Ultimately it is Steve Spurrier’s ball club so that’s where the arrows have to be pointed.”

Finebaum praised the job Spurrier has done at South Carolina, calling him one of the greatest coaches in college football history, but he also warned Gamecock fans not to expect a long run of conference titles.

“There is this entitlement that I have seen from Gamecock fans. A couple of 11-win seasons and they think they are Alabama or Georgia and they are not,” Finebaum said. “The fans there have really been expecting too much. They just all need to chill out a little bit.”

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