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Old 06-28-2004   #1
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Default mike williams!!!!

espn reported that mike williams has dropped his agent...enrolled back at USC in summer school and is submitting request to be allowed back into NCAA football...

do you as fans of the game believe he should be allowed back into college football or not?

and do you as fans believe him to be the best college football player entering the 2004/2005 season?

personally i would allow him back into the college ball for two reasons...one it gives the general public a superstar if you will at the college level...
and two because he's done everything you would expect a player of his caliber to do in the situation he was in...
he followed what everyone told him to do and got dealt a bad hand...give the kid a break...

he is the best reciever in college ball i don't think he's the best college football player...personally i think that honor goes to (you longhorn fans have no idea how much it sickens me to say this) derrick johnson...he's been dominating since his freshman year...and i know personally he's been a thorn in the red raider's side for three going on four years...but oh well there's my two cents
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Mike Williams got a raw deal. He was lead astray by the NFL into believing he could go into the draft and so deserves to be allowed back into school.
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Mike Williams got a raw deal. He was lead astray by the NFL into believing he could go into the draft and so deserves to be allowed back into school.
He should be allowed back to college because he played by the rules presented to him the entire time--the rules just kept changing. The NFL did not lead him astray however--they maintained consistantly that they were opposing an alteration of the three year rule and would pursue all available appeals to maintain the rule. Where Williams got hurt was by the trial judge not granting stay of her ruling pending the NFL's appeal--a stay would have allowed him to never be in this situation because he could have just waited on the court of appeals' ruling before hiring an agent.
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He should be allowed back to college because he played by the rules presented to him the entire time--the rules just kept changing.
I do not agree and I do not think he should have his eligiblity restored.

The NCAA eligibility rules didn't change, the NFL rules changes. He was wronged, but by the NFL. The NFL should satisfy him (supplimental draft or suit), not college football.

If he is allowed to play college football it will further confirm (in my mind) that college football acts in collusion with the NFL to maintain a wildly profitable (for the NFL and some colleges and college coaches) system of 'minor league' development, with out fairly compensating the players (compare the compensation of baseball players by MLB).

If they let him back in USC, then some other student athlete (who is less likely to ever get a professional contract), who actually attended classes in the spring, will lose his scholarship so that the following year Williams can make even more millions above what he will otherwise get.
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I do not agree and I do not think he should have his eligiblity restored.

The NCAA eligibility rules didn't change, the NFL rules changes. He was wronged, but by the NFL. The NFL should satisfy him (supplimental draft or suit), not college football.
Well, I confess I wasn't thinking about the NCAA rules which did not change. I would still disagree with the assertion that the NFL wronged him in any fashion. Their position was the same throughout. The trial judge ordered the NFL to let him in over the NFL's consistant objection and request for a stay so I don't see where the NFL has any reason to satisfy him. I can definitely see as a reasonable position that the NCAA and NFL neither did anything wrong and were consistant in their positions so Williams is the one that took the gamble knowing the NFL would appeal and so he should be the one that pays by not playing in either for a year.
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I think Williams should be allowed back in school. I don't think it'll happen, but if it does I think he will easily be the most dominant player in NCAA football. He's a monster with velcro hands. Certain death in the red zone.
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