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ESPN Analyst Getting Crushed For Comment During Clemson-Syracuse

A view of Clemson's stadium.

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: # of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels # of the Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Clemson is in somewhat of a panic mode against Syracuse this afternoon. The Tigers, ranked No. 3 in the latest top 25 polls, are trailing the Orange, 16-7, as we head into halftime in Death Valley.

Trevor Lawrence, making his first-career start for the Tigers, had to leave the game toward the end of the first half. He took a big blow to the head during a scamper down the sideline.

Clemson, of course, is now without both Lawrence and former starter Kelly Bryant, who opted to transfer following Dabo Swinney's decision.

Tigers fans are obviously wishing that Bryant would have decided to stay put. He'd be playing for Clemson right now if he had.

ESPN analyst Todd Blackledge was critical of Bryant's decision during this afternoon's broadcast on ABC. He called "selfish."

The problem with this logic is that players in Bryant's situation should be selfish. You only get four seasons of college football and Bryant has just one left. He deserves to be a starting college football quarterback and he wasn't going to get that with the Tigers unless an unpredictable injury happened.

Bryant spoke to the Greenville News about his decision. He says he felt like Swinney's decision was a "slap in the face" and that he had to do what was best for him.

“I feel like it's what's best for me and my future,” Bryant said in an exclusive interview with The Greenville News. “I was just going to control what I could control and try to make the most of my opportunity, but at the end of the day, I just don't feel like I’ve gotten a fair shot.”


“They asked me how I felt about it,” Bryant said, recalling his meeting with Swinney. “I was like, ‘I’m not discrediting Trevor. He’s doing everything asked of him, but on my side of it, I feel like I haven't done anything to not be the starter. I've been here. I've waited my turn. I've done everything y’all have asked me to do, plus more.’

“I've never been a distraction. I've never been in trouble with anything. To me, it was kind of a slap in the face.”

Clemson and Syracuse, meanwhile, are set to resume their game on ABC momentarily.