iman think this could be a blessing in disguise. if clarett goes to grambling i really hope that all the other black blue chippers will follow suit. can you really imagine grambling -vs- morgan st. black people live up.
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By Gene Wojciechowski
ESPN The Magazine
Grambling State coach Doug Williams said Monday he hasn't spoken with Jim Brown, Maurice Clarett or Clarett's mother about a possible transfer. But if Clarett did want to discuss transferring to the legendary I-AA program, Williams said, "I would take his call. I think it would be a smart move to take his call.
"A lot of people would like to have Maurice Clarett," Williams said. "I don't think a headache comes with the kid. He didn't shoot nobody. They didn't arrest him for drugs. He didn't rape nobody. Ain't no problem with the kid."
If Clarett were to transfer to a I-AA school, he would first have to serve whatever NCAA sanctions are levied against him. He also would have to be enrolled in school and eligible to play during that suspension. According to Brown, Ohio State has informed the Claretts the penalty is likely to last 12 games.
If OSU released him from his athletic scholarship -- and Clarett satisfied Grambling's transfer requirements -- the sophomore running back would be eligible to play in time for the 2004 season. Depending on circumstances, Clarett could conceivably enroll in Grambling in time for the 2004 spring practice.
Both Williams and Grambling athletic director Albert Dennis said such talk is premature, but they added that Clarett's presence could be a win-win situation for the school and the player. Grambling would gain a Heisman Trophy-quality player -- and benefit from the media attention and ticket sales that would come from such a transfer. Meanwhile, Clarett would be able to play at high profile I-AA program and then presumably enter the NFL draft in 2005.
"I think what he would have going for him is himself, Doug Williams and Grambling," said Williams. "We get a bunch of (NFL) scouts through here."
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