Josh Kendall

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Kendall's Morning Meeting: Arkansas coach wants shot at Clowney

10/08/2013 8:30 AM

10/08/2013 8:30 AM

    Bret Bielema is hoping South Carolina brings Jadeveon Clowney to Arkansas.

    At least that’s what the Razorbacks first-year head coach said Monday.

    “If you're truly a competitor, you engage what the SEC is always about,” Bielema said Monday in his weekly news conference. “You definitely want somebody at full strength. I think that's just human nature. That's how I'm wired, and hopefully that's how our team is wired.”

    Clowney, South Carolina’s All-America defensive end, is questionable for Saturday’s game due to a strained muscle around his ribs. This is not the first time Arkansas has prepared not knowing whether or not it would face one of the SEC’s most dynamic players.

    The Razorbacks opened the SEC season against Texas A&M as speculation swirled that Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel might miss the game for disciplinary reasons.

    “As is the case any time that you're in this type of situation, I'm sure (Clowney) is going to play,” Bielema said.

    If only everyone in South Carolina was so sure.

    Around the SEC:

    Speaking of wanting your opponents at full strength, what is your take on the rash of injuries faced by Georgia? The fact is, the Bulldogs chances of securing the SEC East down the stretch have taken a huge hit after several key injuries. Would you rather Georgia be at full strength or are you OK with things falling the Gamecocks way on this one?

    Here’s the latest on the Bulldogs’ injuries, plus Mark Richt getting a little testy about talking about them.

    First it was David Pollack criticizing Condoleezza Rice’s addition to the College Football Playoff selection committee, and now former Auburn coach Pat Dye has gone all in against the selection.
    "All she knows about football is what somebody told her. Or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you've got to play with your hand in the dirt,” Dye said on an Alabama radio station. “I love Condoleezza Rice and she's probably a good statesman and all of that but how in the hell does she know what it's like out there when you can't get your breath and it's 110 degrees and the coach asks you to go some more?"

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