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Old 07-30-2004   #1
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"Williams decison due in 10 days...Southern Cal officials are indicating they expect a decision as to whether star junior WR Mike Williams will be re-instated by the NCAA... Williams, who forfeited his eligibility when he signed with an agent prior to the draft, is in football limbo, something he is trying to escape having applied to the NCAA for re-instatement." - gbnreport.com
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He is practicing with the team, but still no word on his eligibility.




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The best player in college football was back in action Wednesday morning. But just because USC wideout Mike Williams was participating in the Trojans' first practice, making one-handed snatch catches and rag-dolling helpless DBs, doesn't necessarily mean the all-American is any closer to being green-lighted by the NCAA.
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So what is the verdict on Williams? From the things I've read and the way I understood it, it seemed that he got caught up in a bad situation.
I hope that he gets reinstated at USC and has a productive year.
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One factor in his reinstatement is he is required to return all the money he received from his agent, believed to be hundreds of thousands of dollars. Are we really supposed to believe that he received this money and didn't spend any ... didn't to buy a car (s), or a place to stay, or food. If it sat in a bank, why did he require his agent to give him the money? If he spent any, how did he get the money to pay the agent back? From USC boosters?

This is a mess and a can of worms. I don't believe he should be reinstated. It's not fair to other ELIGIBLE college athletes, particularly the student who loses a scholarship so he can 'train' with USC this fall.

If he was wronged, he should seek reinbursement from the NFL, or his advisors. If he wasn't wronged, just relax Mike. You'll be fine after the next draft.
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You are right Mistril48, the money issue is a big sticking point.

USC just might want to steer clear of potential problems if there is no way to resolve them.. can't give back what you've spent. I'm sure they don't want to think of having to forfeit games if it came down to following that money trail ..
Oh well, next year at this time Williams can go on his merry way into the NFL.
I guess he'll be fine.

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ESPN News just reported that Mike Williams will not be reinstated. Here's an article I found confirming it.

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NCAA denies reinstatement request for Mike Williams
By JOHN NADEL, AP Sports Writer
August 26, 2004

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California wide receiver Mike Williams has had his request to be reinstated denied Thursday by the NCAA.

USC spokeswoman Vicky Hammond said the school had applied to the NCAA for a progress-toward-degree waiver and reinstatement of Williams' eligibility.

The ruling came down shortly before the top-ranked Trojans boarded an airplane for Baltimore. They open their season Saturday night against Virginia Tech at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

Williams caught 95 passes for 1,314 yards and a school-record 16 touchdowns last season to help the Trojans (12-1) win the national championship.

The 20-year-old Williams, an sure-handed 6-foot-5, 230-pounder, finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a sophomore last year.

After a court ruled that Ohio State's Maurice Clarett was eligible to play in the NFL, Williams left USC in the spring, hired an agent and said he was turning pro. That made him ineligible to play for the Trojans.

He was projected as a high draft pick, but on May 24, an appeals court overturned the earlier ruling and upheld the NFL's right to bar players who had been out of high school for less than three years.

Williams has been out of high school less than three years, as has Clarett, who was suspended last season after starring at Ohio State as a freshman.

After the appeals court ruling, Williams severed ties with his agent and began the process of applying to the NCAA for reinstatement.

He returned to USC and took summer classes, seeking to have his academic eligibility also restored.
Mike Williams Denied Reinstatement
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