Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Skip navigation

USC's Mike Williams to Return?


USC's Mike Williams to Return?

He will probably win his reinstatement. The kid only went in AFTER the courts gave him permission. Now, his grades are another matter.
Summer school is all it's going to take to catch up. ???

Read On:

Williams Wants To Return To Trojans
By ANWAR S. RICHARDSON [email protected]
Published: May 29, 200

TAMPA - Former Plant High and USC standout receiver Mike Williams is seeking reinstatement from the NCAA to play college football again next season.

USC sports information director Tim Tessalone said Friday that Williams expressed to the school his intention to play next season after a failed attempt to enter April's NFL draft.

``We have petitioned the NCAA to have him reinstated,'' Tessalone said. ``The two obstacles that must be overcome are Mike hired an agent and he has not been in classes since the spring semester.''

College athletes lose their eligibility by hiring an agent, but the NCAA could make an exception in the case of Williams, who opted for the draft only after a court initially ruled that underclassmen could not be barred by the NFL. The league had the decision reversed on appeal.

If Williams is cleared by the NCAA, he is expected to enroll in summer school classes to attempt to catch up academically and participate in fall practice.

Calls to Williams were not returned Friday. His father, Jack McCurdy, declined to speak on behalf of his son and said Williams would elaborate on his plans next week.

Agent Mike Azzarelli, who represented Williams in his quest to enter the draft, is out of town on vacation and did not return phone calls.

Williams applied for the draft and was considered a likely top-10 pick after Maurice Clarett won a lower court case that challenged the NFL's rule barring players who are not three years removed from high school. However, two appeals courts and one U.S. Supreme Court decision sided with the NFL, preventing Clarett and Williams from entering the league.

Clarett's attorney, Alan C. Milstein, said this week he is not giving up his client's legal battle and would present a brief to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.
Back to the top