If you’ve watched Sportscenter at all in the past few days you’ve certainly heard about the so called Jadeveon Clowney “situation.”
On Saturday, right before kickoff, Clowney told South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier that he would not be playing in the game that day.
In the post game news conference Coach Spurrier seemed understandably frustrated and irritated and the media has been full of criticism, commentary, and speculation ever since.
In Tuesday’s press conference Spurrier explained his feelings a little more clearly and pledged his full support to Jadeveon Clowney regardless of what happens next.
Two questions immediately come to mind:
- If you are a coach what would you do to handle a situation like this one?
- If you are a player would you ever not play in a game that you were medically cleared to play in? And if you didn’t play what reactions would you expect from your coaches and teammates?
Following are some additional thoughts on coaching from Coach Spurrier as compiled by Pat Williams in “The Ultimate Coaches’ Career Manual”
- Support your players every chance you have
- Be concerned about injuries to all players
- Be willing to suspend or remove a star player if he is disruptive to the team
- After chewing out a player, say something positive to bring him back tomorrow
- If you think something is a problem then it’s a problem
- Stay in control; don’t lose your temper or your emotions