Cheap shot on Jadeveon Clowney?

We knew North Carolina was going to have a hard time slowing down Jadeveon Clowney on Thursday evening in Columbia. 

So maybe the Tar Heels would throw double-teams at South Carolina’s star. Maybe they’d mix in a few draws, dump the ball out into the flat, utilize tight end Eric Ebron often on quick-hit throws.

How about a hit below the knees on Clowney? That couldn’t have been part of UNC coach Larry Fedora’s plan, but offensive tackle Kiaro Holts delivered a beauty in the second half. Here’s the GIF, courtesy of SB Nation.

Holts was called for clipping on the hit, which is making the rounds and will be the subject of much debate this weekend. Was it a cheap shot? Will there be any discipline coming Holts’ way?

It’s easy to argue that some course of action is deserved.