The question has been asked: what does Jadeveon Clowney have to gain by playing his junior season at South Carolina?
Everyone knows what he has to lose.
For many closely involved with both professional and college football, the question itself is offensive.
Count Dabo Swinney and Gil Brandt among them.
Brandt, a draft analyst with NFL.com who was formerly vice president for player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys, says the notion of hot prospects sitting out parts of their college careers to protect themselves from possible injuries is "the stupidest thing that I have ever heard of in my life."
Swinney, when asked the question recently in the context of Clemson's own Sammy Watkins, who, like Clowney, is projected as a 2014 NFL first-rounder, had much the same reaction.
"I think that's absurd," Swinney said. "But in the day we live in now, I don't have any doubt that we'll see that at some point. But to me, it's absurd, and it totally discounts the game and the thrill of competition, what it's all about, and team. At the end of the day, it's about team.
"I don't think you'll see many guys that will go that route. But there will be somebody, somewhere along the way...This has become a 'me' society. That's unfortunate, but that's the way it is."
Swinney got to know South Carolina's star defensive end well enough during the recruiting process to even entertain the notion of Clowney passing up his junior season to avoid injury.
"I can tell you one thing: I don't see any way that Clowney's not going to be on the field, because that guy loves to compete and he likes to play for his team," Swinney said. "That's obvious to me from the way the guy plays. That's what you do. You're a college football player and you go play the game."