Daily Buzz: Clowney rule a joke, LeGrand says

No doubt, you’ve seen the hit before — South
Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney at the Outback Bowl,
decleating Michigan running back Vincent Smith so violently that
you couldn’t help but wonder if Smith’s head flew off
with his helmet.

In case you haven’t — side note:
where have you been? — here’s it is:

Now that hit up there? That warrants a targeting penalty,
according to ACC officiating supervisor Doug Rhoads, who said as
much at ACC media days on Monday. And starting this season, that
targeting penalty would result in an ejection from the game.

Naturally, the assertion that Clowney’s hit was
ejection-worthy has college football fans up in arms — and for
good reason. Many feel as though ramping up the enforcement of such
rules is just the latest contribution to the softening of tackle

And while I certainly appreciate the NCAA and NFL’s
efforts to promote player safety, keeping in mind the concerns over
head injuries, I, too, have a hard time convincing myself that a
tackle like Clowney’s is one that warrants an ejection.

Clowney’s split-second, instinctive, unpremeditated, and
outstanding move can be characterized as a football play. An
ejection? It shouldn’t even be a penalty. And I’m not
the only one who feels that way:

LeGrand understands the dangers of football, and every day is a
reminder of the risks players take when they step on the field.
There’s nothing wrong with taking steps to ensure the safety
of players, but targeting aggressive play like that of Clowney as
“targeting” is the wrong approach to take.

Now, for some links:

• Can it get any worse for Aaron Hernandez?
Yes, it can.

• Phil Mickelson’s reward for winning the British Open? A
61 percent tax rate on his winnings.

• After running at least a mile every day for 16,437 days,
Mark Covert
won’t be running on Wednesday. It’ll be his
first day off from running since 1968.

• Here is a lightning strike
scaring the hell out of Rangers FC:

• Tennessee Titans players
delivered season tickets to servicemen and

• Go
behind the scenes on Louisville basketball’s
trip to the White House on Tuesday.

• Ian Kinsler
rips Ryan Braun for lying, PED suspension.

• ESPN ranked Kent Bazemore the 499th best player in
basketball, and it seems the summer league standout hasn’t
forgotten it:

• Reds third base coach Mark Berry
has returned to the field after throat cancer

• Roger Federer
was presented with a cow at a Swiss tennis

• Former NFL running back Larry Johnson
pleads no contest to domestic violence
, gets probation.

• Charles Barkley
handed out a bunch of money at a golf
tournament last week:

• Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp
stands by his suspension of linebacker Antonio
Morrison, even after charges were dropped.

• Muschamp also took another swipe at Urban Meyer,
referring to himself as a
Brady Hoke fan.

• If the University of Buffalo’s
new football uniforms are any indication, the
school would very much like to remind you that it is in New

• Chris Kluwe solves a punting mystery for his fans:

• Morris Claiborne recalls his
famous Wonderlic test.

• If you haven’t already, check out the Detroit
Free-Press’ investigative report on the
women’s basketball scandal at Oakland
University in Michigan.

• Bengals boss Mike Brown
weighs in on the concussion debate.

• Speaking of violent hits, here’s an Australian
rules football reporter trying to interview a player moments after
the player was probably concussed:

• Former NFL star Richard Harvey
has an interesting post-football career,
teaching prospects the basics of the recruiting process.

• Here’s
a great, long feature on the constantly
growing sport of ultimate frisbee.

• The enigma that was wideout George Sauer Jr.
talks about the Super Bowl Jets.

• Miguel Cabrera really wants you to eat this cookie:

• Karl Malone
is still going strong at 50 years young.

• Wife tells man to
sell 50 years worth of Yankees

• One Twitter user seems to have
an unhealthy obsession with 17-year-old
gymnast McKayla Maroney.

• The Mets celebrated Star Wars night at Citi Field:

• Jimmy Butler
tried to explain his obscene shirt to his
Twitter followers.

• Colin Kaepernick has a pretty rad sneaker