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College football notes

Posted on: March 10, 2008 10:33 am
Edited on: March 10, 2008 11:34 am
If this story is true regarding Clemson backup tailback Ray Ray McElrathbey, then Tommy Bowden has some serious questions to answer. The story alleges that McElrathbey's scholarship was taken away to free up space on the roster. Clemson has an abundance of tailbacks and signed the NCAA maximum (25) in recruiting. Ray Ray made national headlines two years ago when he took in his brother Fahmarr because of family problems. Mom had a drug habit and dad had a gambling problem.

Little Fahmarr wowed the crowd at the college football awards in Orlando in 2006 after his brother accepted the Football Writers Association of America's Courage Award. Ray Ray has had injury and academic problems so the alleged decision to yank his scholarship might be at least partially his fault. However, Ray Ray reportedly made the honor roll last semester.

Clemson announced last week, somewhat cryptically, that McElrathbey would not play next season It lauded his academic exploits but did not really explain where -- or from whom -- the decision came from.

This could be a nice way of Clemson letting McElrathbey go after he had become too much of an academic and/or personal burden. But if it in any way was athletically related, I've got a problem. I always thought that it sucked that a kid pledged himself to a university for four (or five years) but had to prove himself every year to keep the scholarship. Unless Ray Ray was tanking in the classroom, he deserved to keep the scholarship if only because of the positive publicity he brought to Clemson.

 As predicted in this space, Cincinnati Ben Mauk is taking another shot at a sixth year of eligibility.  Good luck, Ben. There is nothing underhanded about this attempt. Plus, we'd like to see a Mauk-led Cincinnati coming 10 wins. The Bearcats would definitely be a factor in the Big East.

 A big bad of White Castles goes to the Missouri Valley for once again staging a first-class tournament. The nation's best mid-major conference is still undervalued even though CBS is now televising the championship game. Look for regular-season and tournament winner Drake to make a serious run in the NCAA Tournament.


Category: NCAAF

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 13, 2008 10:11 am

College football notes

Dodd, just thought I would let you know for the sake of being correct and since I will enjoy correcting you because you bash my WVU Mountaineers all of the time.  West Virginia opens the season on Aug 30 against Villanova and then plays at ECU on Sep 6.  The Auburn game you have as their opener is actually in late October.  Thanks.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: March 12, 2008 11:09 pm

College football notes

RayRay had his four years to shine, and was barely productive.  He has become a liability to Clemson and if they want to pull his scholly that is their perogative.  Hey the rules are what they are, whether we like them or not.  Bye Bye.  Hope Clemson goes winless next year, all that being said!

Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2008 9:40 am
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