The Houston Texans are now experiencing the “Jadeveon Clowney bump.”
Clowney, the former South Pointe Stallion and South Carolina Gamecock, dropped Atlanta Falcons running back Antone Smith during last weekend’s preseason game, and video of the play on the Texans’ official web site went viral. The video is already the team site’s most popular of the year and has rocketed to second-most watched ever on the site, behind a video of linebacker Brian Cushing wearing a microphone during a 2011 practice. Clowney’s video - watch it here - has only been up for three days.
Some of the Clowney-pushed web site traffic has been to the Texans’ online team store. His No. 90 shirt is the 16th best selling jersey in the league, ahead of Robert Griffin III (17th), teammate J.J. Watt (21st), Cam Newton (23rd), Calvin Johnson (24th) and Andrew Luck (25th). That ranking will increase if Clowney keeps producing Sportcenter-quality tackles.
Between jersey sales and web site visits, Houston knew it had more than just a football player on its hands. Several weeks in to his actual playing career, Clowney is already delivering on all fronts for the Texans.
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S.C. Football Coaches Hall of Fame inducts inaugural class
The South Carolina Football Coaches Hall of Fame has announced its first class of inductees. A press release from the group said the inaugural class of nine coaches combined for 311 years of experience on football sidelines, 2,733 football victories and 46 state championships.
The group includes:
Pinky Babb- coached Greenwood from 1943 to 1981, winning 346 games and eight state championships. Babb was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
Paul Chapman- coached Chesterfield and Dillon from 1968 to 1989, winning 179 games, and coaching South Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team in 1977.
John McKissick- coached Summerville from 1952 to the present. McKissick has won more games (613) than any coach in American high school football history, as well as 10 state championships. He was the 1980 National Coach of the Year and was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
Bob Rankin- coached at Dillon, Berkeley, Johnsonville and Marion from 1962 to 2002, winning 313 games, and earning induction into four other halls of fame.
Keith Richardson- coached at Clinton from 1969 to 1992, winning 241 games, nine Upper State championships and six state championships. Richardson won 82 percent of his career regular season games and 87.5 percent of his postseason contests.
Doug Shaw- coached Myrtle Beach from 1970 to 1994, with 223 wins, six Lower State championships and four state titles. Shaw’s teams made the playoffs in 23 of 25 seasons and a stadium in Myrtle Beach is named in his honor.
Thomas L. Smith, Sr.- coached Howard (Georgetown) from 1958 to 1984, winning 250 games and three state championships. Smith coached three NFL and one NBA player.
Joe Turbeville- coached Winnsboro, Spring Valley and Irmo from 1965 to 1994, winning 239 games and five state championships. Turbeville is already in four other halls of fame.
Willie Varner- coached Woodruff from 1954 to 1996, winning 383 games, 10 state titles, National Football Coach of the Year in 1983 and induction to the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
Meet the Cougars Wednesday night at 7
York Comprehensive High School is holding its Meet the Cougars event Wednesday night at 7 p.m., at the school’s football stadium. Reserved football season tickets, student athletic passes, athletic booster club memberships and Cougar hats and shirts will all be on sale.
Tickets to the Northwestern-Byrnes high school football season-opener on Friday night at District Three Stadium will be on sale in the Northwestern athletic department from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. The District Three Stadium gates open at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and the game kicks off at the unusually early time of 6:05 p.m., due to ESPNU televising the occasion.