Snarky Spurrier: Clowney could miss opener vs. Tar Heels


Jadeveon Clowney‘s bid to become the first strictly defensive player to win a Heisman Trophy could be delayed due to injury.  Or the Ol’ Ball Coach could be sending a message to his star player.

One of the two.

Regardless, the All-American defensive end and odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 overall player selected in next April’s NFL draft has been dealing with a shoulder injury that’s kept him in and out of practice over the past several days.  He also dealt with a knee issue early on in camp.

In statements made to the media following another Clowney-less practice Monday, head coach Steve Spurrier indicated that, if the defensive lineman doesn’t get back on the field soon, he could be held out of the season opener against North Carolina in less than three weeks.

And he did it in a way that only Spurrier could do.

“[I]f (Clowney’s shoulder) doesn’t come around real soon, we may play without him the first game,” Spurrier said according to Josh Kendall of The State newspaper, with the OBC adding what appears to be a little dig in the general direction of several players sidelined with health issues — including one of the best football players in the country.

“We’ve got a bunch of hurt guys who act like they are really hurt so right now they may not play. … I’ll handle those guys. We’re not depending on them. We can still field a team.”

Never change, OBC.  Never change

Our guess?  Much to the consternation of the Tar Heels and their fans, No. 7 will be on the field wreaking his unique brand of havoc when the Gamecocks host UNC Aug. 29.

Former Navy coach Niumatalolo joins UCLA staff

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LOS ANGELES – Former Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo is joining UCLA’s coaching staff as director of leadership.

The school said in an announcement Friday that Niumatalolo will serve as an advisor to the Bruins’ football staff and players.

Niumatalolo led Navy for 15 years and was the winningest coach in school history at 109-83. The Midshipmen, however, finished with losing records the past three seasons, including 4-8 the past two.

Navy played in 10 bowl games under Niumatalolo. He also was the only coach to win his first eight games in the storied Army-Navy rivalry.

Troy, Jon Sumrall agree to new 4-year contract through 2026

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TROY, Ala. ⁠— Jon Sumrall agreed to a new four-year contract as Troy’s coach after leading the Trojans to a Sun Belt Conference championship and national ranking in his debut season.

The school announced the deal, which runs through 2026, but didn’t release details.

The Trojans went 12-2 and won their final 11 games, second only to national champion Georgia, including the league championship game and the Cure Bowl against UTSA. For the first time, they finished a season ranked, ending up 19th in The Associated Press Top 25.

“When we appointed Coach Sumrall in December 2021, we challenged him to return Troy football to the top of the Sun Belt Conference,” Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. said. “It didn’t take long, as the 2022 season was the best in our FBS history.”

Troy held all 14 of its opponents to under their season average in scoring, beating UTSA 18-12. The Trojans beat Coastal Carolina 45-26 in the Sun Belt title game.

“Last year was an amazing accomplishment for everyone associated with Troy football and was the product of relentless effort from our players and staff, athletic administration and university leaders,” Sumrall said.