Todd McClinton Watch Continues
COLUMBIA -- Clemson University officials aren't the only ones tight-lipped over prized football recruit Todd McClinton's eligibility status. So is the McClinton household.
A woman who answered the phone at McClinton's home Wednesday night hung up after discovering it was the Daily Journal/Daily Messenger editor calling for information on the 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end. Several other attempts to contact McClinton were unsuccessful.
While no official reason has been given for the delay, speculation is that McClinton's entrance into Clemson is on hold because the university questioned a dramatic rise in his SAT score.
Earlier this week both Clemson coach Tommy Bowden and the undergraduate admissions office referred all inquiries about McClinton to Cathy Sams, the school's chief public relations officer. Sams would not go into specifics on McClinton's case, citing the confidentiality of student records.
However she did say Clemson's blanket policy is to red-flag any SAT score which jumps 300 points or more from one test to the next.
On Monday, Bowden said he would pull a player from defense and begin working him at tight end if McClinton's situation is not resolved by Friday. The second-year coach gave no indication as to who the player might be.
Last year's starting tight end, Pat Cyrgalis, is suspended for the Sept. 2 season-opener with The Citadel for violating team policy back in the spring.
Dan Scott is the sports editor of Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Daily Messenger.
His columns can be read at www.dailyjournalmessenger.com.