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Old 05-26-2004   #21
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Originally Posted by J-Man
One thing I will mention is that while I agree with the courts denial of Clarrett's appeal, I think that Mike Williams might be getting the bad end of this. He did the smart thing and at least waited until the initial ruling favoring Clarrett came down before "professionalizing" himself. I would have been ok with him in the supplemental if the NCAA loses it's mind and won't let him play.
Bold mine.

I feel sorry somewhat for Williams, but if the NCAA let's him back in school it would be the final nail in the coffin of the argument that college football has anything to do with education, when it actually has everything to do with a lot of people (and a few college players) making a ton of $ (the NFL, college coaches, some colleges). Williams hasn't been attending classes. He has zero academic qualification to continue to play college football.

It sounds so ridiculous when people talk about college football players going to college to get an education. While theoretically true, how many are discouraged from taking the courses they actually want to take, because their coaches think they are too hard to take while doing football? How many graduate? Are schools given any incentives for graduating players, or providing an academically challenging college career? Hi, I'm from the NCAA and I'm here to help you ... Who remembers Andy Katzenmoyer (sp?) taking driver education (remember grade 10) to qualify at Ohio State.

Williams relief, if he is to receive any, should come from the NFL, pressured by the players union, to grant him a supplimental draft.
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