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Bubba Starling spurns Nebraska, signs with Royals

Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:09 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 1:14 am

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Nebraska's brief flirtation with Kansas City-area wunderkind quarterback/baseball prospect Bubba Starling came to an end late Monday night, as Starling came to terms with the Kansas City Royals. According to Nebraska RapidReporter Brandon Vogel, negotiations between Starling and Kansas City went down to the last hour of the August 15 deadline imposed on MLB draft picks; Starling was the fifth overall pick of the draft

Starling had been on campus at Nebraska since July attending classes, but he never reported to practice, and Nebraska left him off its 105-man practice roster when it convened last week. This was a mutually agreed-upon decision, though, and even Peter Gammons' potentially damaging report that Pelini had lost his temper and threatened Starling didn't really jibe with the larger pattern of supportive behavior displayed by Pelini and the rest of the Nebraska staff in their handling of the Starling situation.

Here's what Pelini had to say in a statement issued after Starling's signing:

"Everyone associated with our football program at Nebraska wishes Bubba nothing but the best in his future with the Kansas City Royals organization," Pelini said. "I know this decision has been very difficult for Bubba and his family, as it would be for anyone in his position. In the end, Bubba was in a win-win situation regardless of his choice, and we respect the decision he has made. I personally will root for Bubba in every game except when he plays against the Indians!"  

Starling's deal is worth $7.5 million over three years. It's pretty hard to pass up that kind of money for the comparatively scant benefits college football offers its student-athletes.


Since: Feb 26, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 2:33 am

Bubba Starling spurns Nebraska, signs with Royals

If you read it again it states "comparatively" scant benefits.  When compared to $7.5 million, a college scholarship is certainly "scant".  But I know what you mean.  Good for him, I wish him well.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:56 am

Bubba Starling spurns Nebraska, signs with Royals

How can you say career when he never actually played for Nebraska. He signed a Letter of Intent to play and he went to a class that he paid for himself. So no wasted scholarship really but again he never had a career for NU. Good luck to him with the Royals hopefully I can see him play in AAA Omaha.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:27 am

Bubba Starling spurns Nebraska, signs with Royals

it is sad when a completely free college education is considered a "scant " are thousands of kids in this country who would think that was a great opportunity ..but not prima donna athletes who want the whole freakin world handed to them..glad for starling and KC but this article is just so stupid...

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