Rex Ryan confirmed Monday that he spent Saturday -- cut-down day in the NFL -- at the Clemson-Georgia game in Clemson, S.C. His son, Seth, is a freshman walk-on for Clemson. It may seem unusual, a head coach leaving town on one of the busiest days of the year, but Ryan said everything was in order before he left.
Ryan said most of the Jets' cuts were made Friday night, adding that he spoke to "several" players they planned to release.
"I was very aware of our situation," he said. "This was an opportunity to see my son play his first college game."
Ryan caught himself, smiling.
"I think 'played' is not very accurate," he said. "I saw him stand there. But it was a great deal. Obviously, it's not like I'm going to be able to go to another game. It just so happened I could make that one. It was a night game. That's really what I did. I took advantage of it. It was great. I just played dad there for a day. That was a lot of fun."
Word of his trip broke Saturday night, when someone tweeted a photo of Ryan, wearing a Clemson shirt, in an airport. Ryan's intentions may have been pure, but his decision to leave on cut-down day will fuel the perception that he has lost power in the organization to new general manager John Idzik.