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    Tommy Bowden is pathetic

    I'm sorry... but this is sad. For all the good PR the guy and Clemson got for this guy, to just cut him loose... Sad state of affairs.

    SI.com - Writers - Phil Taylor: McElrathbey clan deserved better from Clemson - Wednesday March 12, 2008 6:02PM




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    Re: Tommy Bowden is pathetic

    What a ****



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    Re: Tommy Bowden is pathetic

    Personally, I think schollies shouldn't be year to year deals. The only thing that should be a reason to cut a kid loose is discipline.

    But we shouldn't cast too many stones at Bowden. As I recall, Tim Floyd didn't renew a number of schollies when he was here. Derrick Hayes for starters. There were others.

    Perhaps Gene should give this kid a call....



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    Re: Tommy Bowden is pathetic

    I read about that a couple days ago. Shows what a class act that guy is.



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    Re: Tommy Bowden is pathetic

    Maybe he could transfer to ISU. We always need running backs, but I'm not sure of the scholarship situation. Poor kid.
    Here's his rivals profile.
    Ramon McElrathbey - Football Recruiting



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    Re: Tommy Bowden is pathetic

    I am sure there is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes that we will never know about...


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    Re: Tommy Bowden is pathetic

    classless, if that is the entire story.... but we don't know the entire story do we?

    All I am saying is there could be more to the story than what was reported or what the reports actually knows.

    There could have been another reason for his 'dismissal' or maybe those were the terms when he decided to play for Clemson... that he was year to year, more so than other teammates (think AT, SH, BP).

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    Re: Tommy Bowden is pathetic

    I started to write what an A** Tommy Bowden was, but, then i read this article...it may not all be so bad for the young man that the SI article ran with it and didnt do the research....

    McElrathbey to Graduate in August :: <blank>

    In summary, Ray Ray will graduate in August (3 years) with his degree from Clemson. He could have been a grad student and still receive his scholarship, but, its not like this kid is being cut loose with nothing....He has a college degree and still is offered the opportunity to play football, just not on scholarship. If he chooses to come back to Clemson, he still has two years of eligibility and would be entitled to receive all benefits he currently has by taking a grad. assistant position.....

    This kid has been through so much, i give him major props for doing right by his brother - wish him nothing but huge success and happiness in the future in whatever that holds for him and his brother......But, its not like the article says that they simply cut him loose with nothing....he has options and plus a free college degree, how many of his friends can say that!!!!!

    It appears Mom and Dad need correctional help!!!!!!



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    Re: Tommy Bowden is pathetic

    Although Clemson coach Tommy Bowden has been vague in his explanations, it appears that he pulled McElrathbey's scholarship because, after signing 25 new recruits last month, the Tigers had to take away some existing scholarships to stay under the NCAA maximum of 85.
    When I read it the first time, this line stood out at me as an example that this guy didn't do his research. It reads like he's jumping to conclusions. So before we vilify Bowden too much, I think we should wait for the whole story.

    That being said, it still is sad for McElrathbey.



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    Re: Tommy Bowden is pathetic

    All I can think of is all the crap on GameDay about Clemson, Bowden, and McElrathbey, and now he cuts him because he signs too many kids and they are "good at the position"? I mean jeez.




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    Re: Tommy Bowden is pathetic

    I don't think it's that bad for McElrathbey. It sounds like he is going to get a degree and he is not going to go pro, so what's it matter if he plays football. He could go to free grad school or use his degree and prestige to find a good job and get on with his life. Plus, I'm sure there are tons of schools that will give him a schollie to play football.

    Bowden still comes off looking like a jerk though.



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    Re: Tommy Bowden is pathetic

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    All I can think of is all the crap on GameDay about Clemson, Bowden, and McElrathbey, and now he cuts him because he signs too many kids and they are "good at the position"? I mean jeez.
    I hear ya Bryce, but, the kid has his degree and is coming off a ACL injury of course they had to recruit his position. Secondly, they've offered him a grad assistants position that would provide similar to his current conditions and he could still take full advantage of his two remaining years of eligibility. I think the story makes the university out as the villain and had i not read the contrary article, i would have thought the same. But in reality, the kid has been provided for as well as his brother, they have an offer that simply changes his title from scholarship student athlete to grad assistant student athlete and he gets his masters degree, (FREE) his brother is removed from a horrible situation and has the opportunity to enjoy a normal childhood while his brother has the chance to earn his playing time which is all that any student athlete should expect.....

    I think the article is a poor example of true journalism, they simply saw something and jumped to a conclusion and we usually see these types of stories in Star or National Enquirer......



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    Re: Tommy Bowden is pathetic

    Interesting....it's a smack on Bowden, but....he's obvious not NFL material, so he's getting a free education still and can get his masters? Hmmm...Chris Gardner would have loved this while raising his son homeless.

    All in all, it could be a whole helluva lot worse!!! Ray's character speaks wonders, so I'm sure he'll do just fine, I hope he gives up his football dreams and realizes he can impact the world in better ways.


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