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

football.

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:

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• Phil Mickelson’s reward for winning the British Open? A

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• After running at least a mile every day for 16,437 days,

Mark Covert

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first day off from running since 1968.

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• ESPN ranked Kent Bazemore the 499th best player in

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• Roger Federer

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• Former NFL running back Larry Johnson

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• Charles Barkley

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Morrison, even after charges were dropped.

• Muschamp also took another swipe at Urban Meyer,

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• If the University of Buffalo’s

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• Chris Kluwe solves a punting mystery for his fans:

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• If you haven’t already, check out the Detroit

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• Bengals boss Mike Brown

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• Speaking of violent hits, here’s an Australian

rules football reporter trying to interview a player moments after

the player was probably concussed:

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teaching prospects the basics of the recruiting process.

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• The enigma that was wideout George Sauer Jr.

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• Colin Kaepernick has a pretty rad sneaker

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