Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Training camp Day 7: Two-a-days begin

The Tigers worked out for a total of five hours Monday. However, there will be far fewer of the double practice sessions this year because of a new NCAA rule that prohibits two-a-days on consecutive days. Coach Tommy Bowden said receiver Airese Curry has been a standout. He also announced that Tramaine Billie will move from running back to offensive secondary, while Chris McDuffie will go from offensive tackle to defensive tackle.

SIMMONS SCREWED OVER BY NCAA: Willie Simmons, the highly recruited quarterback who lost his starting job to Charlie Whitehurst last season and transferred to Florida A&M in the spring, has for all practical purposes been denied his final year of eligibility by the NCAA.

"It's the NCAA being the NCAA, I guess," said Simmons, one of several D-I transfers, including former Clemson receiver Ronnie Thomas, at Florida A&M who will have to sit out this season. "When have they ever looked out for a player?"

Florida A&M made the move from Division I-AA to Division I in June, a month after Simmons transferred. (It's unclear if he was aware that the Rattlers were changing divisions.) Simmons hoped to get the NCAA to waive a rule that requires players who transfer to another Division I school to sit out a year. The NCAA said no. Simmons is a senior, so he effectively has no eligibility left unless he goes to another school in a smaller division.

This is so unfair. Simmons is truly one of the good guys. He showed tremendous class during last season's tumult, when he lost his starting job to Whitehurst, a redshirt freshman. I sincerely hope he winds up somewhere, and The Citadel could be an option, according to this story.

THE CROSBY CHRONICLES: They just go on and on. Clemson has filed a medical absence waiver with the ACC that would allow receiver Roscoe Crosby to play this season.

SHARPE FELLOW: Tigernet profiles center Tommy Sharpe, who has gone from walk-on to starter. Interesting story.

QUESTION AUTHORITY: The State's Clemson beat writer, Ken Tysiac, answers questions from fans. Check it out. The no-huddle offense and the facilities "arms race" are discussed.

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