Clemson, SC-Clemson sophomore Roscoe Crosby will withdraw from
Clemson on Friday, then plans to return to school in January and play
for the Tigers in 2003. Crosby made the announcement after Clemson's
practice on Thursday.
The native of Union, SC had Tommy John Surgery on June 25,
2002 in Birmingham, AL and was in the process of red-shirting the
football season athletically. He had been attending classes this
semester, but will withdraw on Friday. He then will go to Arizona to
continue his professional baseball career with the Kansas City Royals. Crosby will then attend classes at Clemson during the spring semester
and then play professional baseball for the Royals this summer prior
to returning to Clemson in August in time for the beginning of
varsity football practice.
"This is what I have to do to continue my professional baseball
career," said Crosby. "I don't want to go into the summer baseball
season without having played any baseball for such a long period of
"I still want to play football at Clemson and this allows me to do
that. I plan to return in the spring to take the necessary academic
courses and then return for the 2003 football season."
Crosby said this has been a difficult fall. "It has been very
frustrating. Sometimes I can't even watch the games because I want
to be out there so much. The guys have been great. When I see them
on campus or in class they still make me feel part of the team. But,
because I am not practicing or playing it is frustrating.
"I am looking forward to coming back. The first time I run down the
hill it will feel like my first time my freshman year. I am not
ready to give up football."
Crosby said that he has received outstanding cooperation from the
Royals and Clemson. "Both sides have been very supportive and
understanding. I am thankful that I play for the Kansas City Royals
organization. The Clemson coaches have helped me any way they can.
Both sides have allowed me to pursue both sports. They know I am
still serious about that."
Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden said, "I am 100 percent
supportive of Roscoe's decision and look forward to his return for
the 2003 season."
Crosby set a Clemson record for receptions and reception
yards by a first-year freshman in 2001 with 27 catches for 465 yards.
A USA Today first-team All-American in football and baseball, Crosby
was injured much of the first half of last year with a sprained knee
and a broken nose.
He had 23 of his 27 catches over the last six games of the
season, including 6-139 and two scores against Duke and 4-69 in the
bowl victory over Louisiana Tech. His 139 receiving yards were the
most ever for a Clemson freshman and he was named ACC Rookie of the
Week for that performance.