Daily Jolt: Clowney's commitment to South Carolina questioned

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Clowney's commitment questioned

What a difference a year makes for junior defensive star Jadeveon Clowney. [Clowney] remains questionable for Saturday's game against Arkansas due to a strained muscle near his rib cage, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday. As for anything else, Spurrier is not willing to speculate. Clowney, an All-American last year and a top prospect for next year's NFL Draft, sat out last week's 35-28 win over Kentucky after telling Spurrier just before the game that he was in too much pain to play. ... Asked if he thought Clowney was fully committed to the Gamecocks, Spurrier said, "You will have to ask him that. I can't speak for Jadeveon." Spurrier added that he probably will make Clowney available for an interview at some point this week. (The State)Comment

Schaub's future in doubt

Yes, it finally happened. After history and infamy. After a fourth pick-six in four games. After three interceptions before a prime-time audience on NBC's "Sunday Night Football," national embarrassment and a surreal meltdown that put Matt Schaub's future and the Texans' Super Bowl-hyped season in serious doubt. With 14 minutes, 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter of a 34-3 blowout loss to San Francisco at Candlestick Park, T.J. Yates took the field as the Texans' quarterback. ... Asked if Schaub is still the starting QB, [Gary Kubiak] didn't hesitate. "Yes, he is," Kubiak said. Schaub finished 19-of-35 for 173 yards, three interceptions and an abysmal 32.2 passer rating. He has nine interceptions in five games. Yates' first drive was erased by a Ben Tate fumble, but his second was somewhat solid. (Houston Chronicle)Comment

Important week for Girardi's future

In the case of Joe Girardi, Halloween looms -- his Yankees managerial contract doesn't end until Oct. 31. Last week the Yankees presented Girardi's agent Steve Mandell with a three-year deal believed to be north of $12 million. Including bonuses, Girardi could earn as much as $15 million. Girardi was said to be mulling the offer during the weekend and polling family members. ... When general manager Brian Cashman conducts his pro scouting meetings Monday there is a chance Girardi will have accepted the offer. ... If Girardi doesn't accept the Yankees' offer by the end of the week, it will be a strong indication he is willing to let his contract run out and entertain offers. Then, the Cubs would be able to make a strong presentation to Girardi who might also have the Dodgers in play by Nov. 1. (New York Post)Comment

Must-See Photo

Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning the Sprint Cup series race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Sunday. (Orlin Wagner/AP)

Must-See Video

SI.com's Andrew Perloff and Jenny Vrentas examine the Giants' miserable 0-5 start.

Game To Watch

Cardinals at Pirates, 3:00 p.m. ET, TBS

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