CLEMSON - The NCAA currently is considering legislation that would change the
way high school athletes gain college eligibility.
One of the items under the proposed plan would involve placing more emphasis
on a recruit's high school grade point average in his or her core curriculum,
while at the same time lowering the score necessary to gain eligibility on
the SAT or ACT.
Those who support the rule argue it will aid those students who make good
grades but, perhaps, don't test well. Those opposed worry that the
legislation would lead to an artificial inflation of the high school GPA.
Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden this week said he has kept up with the
proceedings only from a distance.
"I'm familiar (enough to know) that they're trying to do something," he said.
"I have memos, but they get pretty long. I do know they're upgrading the GPA,
but there would be a sliding test score. I understand it to that extent.
"We've got a faculty advisor, administrative people, admissions people along
with an athletic director who got a good feel. They pursue that agenda more
than I do. If it's passed I've got what everybody else has got. So it's not
like it's more stringent than another conference or a competitor in
Duke sophomore linebacker Jim Scharrer signed a national letter of intent to
play baseball at Clemson in 1995, but opted to sign with the Atlanta Braves
after they made the Erie Cathedral Prep graduate a second round pick in the
1995 MLB Amateur Draft.
Meanwhile, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden spent four seasons on the staff at Duke from 1983-86, serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks
coach while the Blue Devils posted an overall record of 13-31.
Other ties between the schools include:
- Clemson assistant coach Rodney Allison coached Duke’s running backs from
- Clemson assistant coach Mike O’Cain served as the head coach at N.C. State
from 1993-99, compiling a 6-1 record against the Blue Devils;
- Bowden served as the position coach of current Duke Radio Network sideline
reporter Anthony Dilweg for two seasons before departing for an assistant
coaching slot at Alabama.
Derrick Hamilton has three 200 all-purpose yardage games this season and
leads the ACC in all purpose yardage at 155.2 yards per game which is 6.7
yards per game ahead of Tony Horne's school record of 148.5 yards per game
set in 1997 ... Hamilton is third on the team in rushing with 177 yards and
is averaging 10.4 yards per carry ... PK Aaron Hunt is seventh on Clemson's
all-time scoring list with 199 points ... the Tigers are second in the ACC
and 23rd in the nation in total defense (323.1) ... junior Kevin Youngblood
leads the team in receiving and is one of three receivers with 30 or more
catches - Youngblood (36), McKelvey (34) and Derrick Hamilton (32) ... Brian
Mance leads the ACC and is 11th nationally in interceptions per game (0.62).
Two of Duke's remaining three games are at home against opponents with a
combined 11-13 mark ... the Blue Devils lead the ACC in time of possession
(32:27) and are the second-least penalized team in the ACC (45.7) ... over
the last four games, the Blue Devils are allowing only 92.5 yards rushing per
contest ... in Saturday's loss to Maryland, freshman Malcolm Ruff became the
fifth different player to lead the team in rushing with 44 yards rushing on
nine attempts ... Alex Wade leads the team and is fourth in the ACC in
rushing (81.6) while Chris Douglas is sixth (55.0) ... sophomore Karry Sharpe
is the team's leading receiver with 22 catches for 292 yards and five
touchdowns ... Sharpe has a TD reception in four of his last five games.