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Clemson expects Watkins to play after NCAA scare

Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:46 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 3:48 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Clemson's compliance office may believe that things could be quiet around exam time, with players hopefully focused on their studies and the start of bowl practice. But the Tigers' athletic department received a scare when they saw the name of ACC Rookie of the Year Sammy Watkins on a Christmas Party flier (pictured right, click here to enlarge) for a Florida-based restaurant. Watkins' association with a for-profit party like the "Naughty or Nice" themed shindig "Hosted by 239's hottest college football players" would be a violation of NCAA rules.

Luckily Clemson was able to nip this potential eligibility issue in the bud. CBSSports.com's Travis Sawchik reports that the university's compliance office sent a cease-and-desist notice to the restaurant. School spokesperson Tim Bourret "fully expects" Watkins to be available to play on Jan. 4 against West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.

While the Tigers are expecting Watkins to dodge this NCAA eligibility scare, head coach Dabo Swinney is not ready to welcome freshman running back Mike Bellamy back to the team at this point. Unspecified team rules saw Bellamy scratched from the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 3, and Swinney announced on Monday the indefinite suspension would last through the Orange Bowl. The highly-touted running back could be reinstated to the football program in January if he "does the right things," according to Swinney.

Bellamy's future with the Tigers is cloudy, with many reports of his discontent throughout the season only gaining credibility with his absence during Clemson's celebration of success. The coaching staff has been critical of the freshman's attitude and ball control issues, though no one has discredited the speed and natural ability of the Nocatee, Fla. native.

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Comments

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:56 am
 

Clemson expects Watkins to play after NCAA scare

dont hate



Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:57 am
 

Clemson expects Watkins to play after NCAA scare

Sorry DAMAGE is DONE.  It has been advertised and there are people that will show up to see Watkins, regardlesss of wheteher his den mother was able to keep him at home or not....Rules have been violated and should be enforced.  The "PARTY" coverage charge should be assumed mulitipied by the capicity and that should be the amount that the NCAA weighs against the penalty for missed games.  VERY SIMPLE



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Clemson expects Watkins to play after NCAA scare

This party is gonna be slammin now that the flyer made national news!



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Clemson expects Watkins to play after NCAA scare

Sammy may have been planning on "makin' it rain up in here".



Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Clemson expects Watkins to play after NCAA scare

Stupid. A player can't even take a dump these days without the NCAA confirming if someone else bought the toilet paper.



Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Clemson expects Watkins to play after NCAA scare

Watkins is awesome; should get some Heisman love next year. I hope he wasn't stupid enough to tell those idiots they could use his name; and I do hope (for his sake) he gets to hang with those chicks in the Santa gear. Nice. Just be sure to wrap that rascal Sammy.



Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Clemson expects Watkins to play after NCAA scare

My God !! 
 When will the stupid Knit - picking stop. These players  had nothing to do with this. It's clearly an attempt by the restaurant to drum up business..Lets move on please.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Clemson expects Watkins to play after NCAA scare

I am not sure about that but clemson expects him to play after the Sept. 11th attacks



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Clemson expects Watkins to play after NCAA scare

Hopefully he won't go to the party, and since it hasn't happened yet...hopefully no rules have been broken (yet).  I would rate Watkins as the 3rd most important person on the Clemson offense (behind Boyd and Allen), he would be difficult, if not impossible to replace.


I have seen several Clemson games and Bellamy is extremely talented, but even him returning wouldn't replace Sammy Watkins' contribution to the Clemson offense.


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