Watkins, Billie, Capote Ineligible for Chick-fil-A Bowl


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Clemson, SC-Clemson starting linebackers Nick Watkins and Tramaine Billie, and starting offensive tackle Christian Capote, have been ruled ineligible for the Chick-fil-A Bowl game against Auburn due to academic issues. All three were fifth-year seniors in 2007.

"I am disappointed that these young men will not be able to play in our bowl game with Auburn," said Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden. "They had every opportunity to retain their eligibility. The staff at Vickery Hall did everything it could to provide them tutors and assist them with their studies. But, they are accountable for their academic performance. All three can still graduate from Clemson and I will do everything I can to encourage them to do so.

"As we look to the bowl game, it is an opportunity for some young players to step up. Their replacements will be players who will return for next year so it will give them game experience against an outstanding opponent, which will be beneficial as we look to the future."
With Billie and Watkins out of the lineup, it means Clemson will not have a single senior on its defensive two-deep for the Auburn game.

Based on the Clemson depth chart, sophomore Kavell Conner would replace Watkins, freshman Scotty Cooper would replace Billie and freshman Chris Hairston would replace Capote.

Watkins and Billie were two of Clemson's top three tacklers on the Tiger defense that ranks in the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense, total defense and pass defense. Watkins, a three year starter, finishes his career with 386 tackles, seventh in Clemson history. He was Clemson's leading tackler in 2006 with 116 and 2007 with 118.

Billie was third on the team in tackles this year with 79 and also started for the Tigers in 2004 and 2005. Capote started all 12 games at right tackle this season, his only year as a starter, and had 71 knockdown blocks, fourth on the Clemson team.

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Watkins, Billie, Capote Ineligible for Chick-fil-A Bowl
B-Meist®
tempting to call the webmaster germans...***
Scottie K
What about Antonio Clay?
tigerpreacherman
Good question.***
Smiling Tiger®
@ MLB replacing C. Vincent***
Dr. Nikola Tesla
Re: Watkins, Billie, Capote Ineligible for Chick-fil-A Bowl
Shlomo
All of them should be embarassed
andylayne
Correct in the case of 2 of them, incorrect on 1***
TheArtOfRoar
If you know for sure...
ImanTiger
Well ... I guess it is official now.
CUTiger1989®
We'***
attheesso®
Talk about letting your teammates down.....***
colatiger89
Absolutely pathetic. Nice way to end your college career.***
1Tiger1
Lay off, they're graduating and life will hold way more than
WALLACE
is that you Scott Baio?
FootballFan36
Must be an inside joke between you and Ritchie***
WALLACE
Yes life does hold alot more now that their football careers
TigersAndCubs
Re: Absolutely pathetic. Nice way to end your college career.***
dixiedon
Since you must know all the details of their situation...
Watcher®
No, I don't know all the details of their situation. I do
1Tiger1
Still no reason to bash them. If you really get down to it
kiggity
Re: No, I don't know all the details of their situation. I do
Watcher®
We "pay" them to play. We paid but they broke the contract.***
Razzmatazz
Please tell me you are not serious!***********************
Watcher®
Please explain how that's not true. Even MORE asterisks.***
Razzmatazz
Re: Since you must know all the details of their situation...
snakeeyesxxx07®
Who made you the boss?...geez***
Big Daddy
look at it this way...we're playing with next year's team***
tigermark82
Re: look at it this way...we're playing with next year's team***
deleted
Re: Watkins, Billie, Capote Ineligible for Chick-fil-A Bowl
icebucket
Re: Watkins, Billie, Capote Ineligible for Chick-fil-A Bowl
snakeeyesxxx07®
Interesting how your opinion gas changed since...
Watcher®
Re: Interesting how your opinion gas changed since...
snakeeyesxxx07®
If TB gets props for good behavior, should he get blame too?
Razzmatazz
Actually, it was Spence's play calling :-)***
Watcher®
Maybe most Bowden "haters" are reasonable people?
Razzmatazz
This will make it harder to suspend Vincent for his DUI,***
Razzmatazz
I hope so, but bust his chops later!***
Watcher®
Clemson still favored by 1.5-2.0 pts. by odds makers.
Razzmatazz
Anyone want to comment on the SEC Tigers Academics?
woods9
Clemson's average SAT score: 1220. Auburn: 1170.***
Razzmatazz
Re: Anyone want to comment on the SEC Tigers Academics?
snakeeyesxxx07®

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