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Auburn hoping UF transfer Blakely can play in '11

Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:25 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 10:37 am
 
Posted by Chip Pattesron

Not sure if you heard, but when former Florida quarterback Cam Newton took the field for Auburn, some good things happened for the Tigers. This offseason, Auburn welcomed another high-profile transfer from Gainesville (this time more direct): running back Mike Blakely.

Blakely, MaxPreps' No. 7 running back in the Class of 2011, has not practiced yet for the Gators because of a shoulder injury. He had committed to Florida before Urban Meyer's retirement, and soon after sought out Auburn as his new destination. Rich McGlynn, Auburn's compliance director, is working to get Blakely eligible for the 2011 season.

"We have filed a waiver in an attempt to see if we can have Mike be immediately eligible and we're in that process right now," McGlynn told the Mobile Press-Register. "We're working with the NCAA and hoping to get a favorable outcome on it."

Auburn's argument will be that even though he signed with the Gators in December with plans of early enrollment, the injury kept him from using any time of football eligibility. If the waiver is denied, Blakely will have to sit out the 2011 season and begin his first year of eligibility in 2012. Auburn will have the opportunity to appeal the decision if they choose.

Adding Blakely would give the Tigers some comfort at the running back position, which right now will feature sophomore Mike Dyer and junior Onterio McCalebb almost exclusively. While both backs showed great promise in 2010, they will certainly carry a heavier load without a playmaker of Cam Newton's caliber under center.

McGlynn said Auburn hopes to hear a response from the NCAA in "the next couple weeks."
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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Auburn hoping UF transfer Blakely can play in '11

Auburn gets all there good players from UF



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:50 am
 

Auburn hoping UF transfer Blakely can play in '11

Auburn's argument will be that even though he signed with the Gators in December with plans of early enrollment, the injury kept him from using any time of football eligibility. If the waiver is denied, Blakely will have to sit out the 2011 season and begin his first year of eligibility in 2012. Auburn will have the opportunity to appeal the decision if they choose.


My impression is that these kids sign a commitment to play for a university, not a coach.  Sure, it matters who the coach is, but that is not who the contract is with.  Contracts aren't binding anymore, and obviously a person's word isn't worth spit.  So, now he wants to play against the team he committed to, and potentially help his new team win.  How do you spell back stab?  It is really getting pathetic- the extent to which Auburn will go to win at any cost.  If Florida was busy stealing recruits from other schools- particularly those in Alabama- who had already committed and signed, don't you know that they would be whining and screaming for an NCAA investigation?  We usually take the position that if a kid doesn't want to be here, we don't need him, and we'll be all right with those who do.  We don't typically get in the way of a kid's future.  But when bottom- feeders in the ethics department keep scavenging our left- overs, it reaches a point of being ludicrous.  Where is their pride?  After all, we already paid to repair the kid's damaged shoulder.  Where's the gratitude, or is that out of style along with honor? 



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:40 am
 

Auburn hoping UF transfer Blakely can play in '11

Auburn still paying players to go there? Hey are those trees dead yet!




Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Auburn hoping UF transfer Blakely can play in '11

heck no.....and why did florida allow him to transfer into the SEC, he should have had to go somewhere outside the SEC unless he had a family member dying in Alabama


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