Last year there were a few safety’s taken early on in the draft, most notably Tennessee’s Eric Berry. This that guy, the hands down top safety in college football, is Clemson’s Deandre McDaniel. He has the ball hawking skills of Berry, but hits like Taylor Mays. I know you remember the hit he put on Chris Ponder last year….Hoooolyyyyyshit!
According to the 2010 Sports Participation in America survey, the number of people ages six and over who participated in sand volleyball increased by 7.3 percent between 2008 and 2009. The 7.3 percent increase represented over 300,000 new participants.
Making sand volleyball and softball the only team sports to gain over 300,000 participants. In fact, of the 23 team sports tracked by the SGMA, 16, including the largest sports baseball, basketball, football and soccer, all showed declines in participation.
I can’t help but feel bad for Willy Korn. He came out of high school with a four star rating and the 8th ranked QB in the class of 2007. He had a bright future, but then as soon as he stepped foot on the Clemson campus the road ahead started to get cloudy.
In 2007 he was a backup. In 2008 he was named the starter halfway through the season, but then injured his elbow and had to have offseason surgery. Then last year he lost his job to freshman Kyle Parker, who only led the Tigers to an ACC Championship. So realizing he had no shot at playing QB at Clemson earlier this year Korn transferred to Marshall, only to lose out on the starting job there and have the coach try to move him to safety.
Here I was thinking that Kyle Parker had already made his decision whether to come back to Clemson and play football or sign an MLB contract with the Rockies and become a millionaire. I was wrong. I’m sure Tiger fans aren’t going to like this, but the negotiations between the two sides are on-going and according to Parker “they’re getting better”.
About the only good news I have for you Clemson fans out there is that this whole thing will be over on Monday, that’s the deadline for MLB teams to sign their draft picks to contracts. They maybe he’ll does one of those “The Decision” things on ESPN like LeBron.
I was truly sad that I didn’t get to bring you this news last week…that Clemson’s Kyle Parker decided to return to Clemson to play football instead of cashing in and signing with the Rockies. But now that we’re back up let me be the first to say, what a dumbass!
He might have just played his best season of football and baseball that he ever played in his life and he passes up millions. For what…to return to college in hopes that he can be the next Jake Locker and pass up a baseball contract worth hundreds of thousands a year, so he can get millions as an NFL QB later down the road? Maybe.
I think it’s well known that I have a man crush on Kyle Parker. He’s everything that I dreamed of being when I was little…a star QB and baseball player. Instead I turned out to be short, slow, and unathletic. But my dream lives on through Parker.
And while he said he was taking a month long vacation to decide whether he’ll play pro baseball or stay in college it’s not stopping him from going to Denver this weekend to talk about his contract with the Colorado Rockies. We already know Parker would like to focus on baseball, all he needs now is for the Rockies to show him the money.
Now that Clemson has been kicked out of the College World Series, all the Tiger fans want to know is if Kyle Parker is turning pro. Well unfortunately he doesn’t know yet. Even though it’s been just about three months since the Colorado Rockies drafted him in the first round, he’s going to take at least another month to decide on whether he wants to continue to be a broke college student or live the baller life of a pro baseball player.
Hmmmmm, return to school and get chased around by 300 pound guys trying to take your head off for free or sign a $2 million contract to sit around and swinging a bat? I don’t even know why some people are out there still speculating which he is going to choose.