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Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:39 pm

For a kid who has something to prove after brow-beating the NFL in to making him draft-eligible, he's making himself the brunt of snickers these days.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=1739337

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Maurice Clarett was quicker and more evasive with questions from Thursday than he will be for NFL scouts this week.

That's because the running back who won his challenge to the NFL's draft system announced he would skip Friday's workouts at the scouting combine and wait six more weeks before giving scouts a chance to evaluate his skills on the field.

The reason: he said he wanted more time to train after a suspension cost him his entire sophomore season at Ohio State.

Not everyone accepted the explanation, which could lower his position in the draft even more: the wait is clearly to get in shape after he weighed in at 237 pounds. In fact, his decision clearly antagonized a lot of the people he is supposed to be impressing.

"That's a farce," Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe said. "That was expected but that's ridiculous."

Clarett said he made the decision at the urging of his mother.

After beating the NFL in a courtroom twice this month to become eligible for the draft, Clarett, 20, will become the first true sophomore in the NFL draft.

He weight is seven pounds more than he played at, and the 230 at which he was listed may have been questionable. He even acknowledged he wasn't in top condition despite working out for the past couple weeks.

Scouts wondered why Clarett didn't arrive for the weeklong combine better prepared after missing an entire season and then challenging the NFL's rule requiring underclassmen to complete three years of school before declaring for the draft.

Clarett said simply that he wanted more time to train and that he was scheduling a personal workout in Columbus, Ohio, the first week of April.

"I'm kicking it in the next four weeks," Clarett said. "I want to put myself in the best position possible."

It wasn't well received by those who wanted to see Clarett run. It also raised questions about his attitude.

"I just want to see what he looks like," Detroit Lions president Matt Millen said. "We've got to do our homework and he's got to do his."

Clarett was grilled by reporters for about 15 minutes in a preview than what he is likely to face later Thursday night when teams begin interviewing players one-on-one. The NFL limits teams to 60 interviews and Clarett said he expected to talk to all 32 teams.

He was asked repeatedly about his character, his medical history, his durability, whether he was prepared physically and mentally to jump to the NFL. He dodged a question about his agent, saying he hadn't yet made a decision even though he is believed to have chosen Jimmy Sexton.

And he promised to show a different side in the NFL.

"I think I'm going to keep my mouth shut at this level," he said.

While teams hope to start getting more answers Thursday night, the bigger issues may require more examination.

Doctors checked Clarett's left shoulder, which he hurt during his record-setting freshman season with the Buckeyes.

He also had knee surgery that year and missed three games and parts of two others because of the injuries. He still set an Ohio State freshman record with 1,237 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Clarett explained the injuries by saying he played hard and was working on his feet to avoid taking big hits.

As Clarett spoke, he smiled frequently and seemed to relish the momen
"I feel I've made a transition," he said. "I get to wake up thinking about football and go to sleep thinking about football and I'm in my world, really."

Now he must find a place to fit in.

Donahoe thinks that could be difficult. He didn't mince words when asked to compare Clarett's uncertain future to that of Willis McGahee, who the Bills drafted in the first round last year despite a knee injury that kept him out of all 16 games last year.

"Let's not put Clarett in the same category as McGahee," Donahoe said. "That's not fair to Willis. Willis attitude-wise and character-wise, that's a big difference."
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He's acting as if he's one of the premier draft picks for this year-those guys normally skip the combine and do private workouts. But he's not in that group-he hasn't played a snap in almost 14 months, and he needs to be doing more, not less, that the average NFL wanna-be. But because "mom" told him not to work out, he's raising more questions and hurting his already-damaged image among NFL scouts.

I'd be thrilled if everyone passed him up in the draft. He feels the world owes him something, when it owes him nothing.

 
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:44 pm

This guy is a joke,

Hopefully the NFL will win the next appeal.

There are too many good, healthy and experienced players for the teams to choose from.
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:54 pm

L-188, it's too late for the next appeal. That won't even be heard until after the draft.

Kind of off-subject, but doesn't anyone find it kind of strange that really important litigation, like murders, rape, and the like, those cases take months or years to present, but somehow, when it comes to something to do with athletics, that the cases just fly through the litigation system? If a judge can't schedule a murder trial for 5 months down the road, why the hell should some snot-nosed prima-donna like Clarrett be able to get his case heard so damned fast?
 
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:58 pm

The discovery period isn't near as intense.

Your right, there will be no injunction, but that doesn't mean that Clarett had done a damm thing to make himself marketable.

The fact that he is going on hiatus to drop some pounds and get into shape isn't helping.

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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sat Feb 21, 2004 12:21 am

I hope he gets drafted and plays...it'll be fun watching him spend half his time with his face buried in the grass.
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sat Feb 21, 2004 12:25 am

Just because he gets drafted doesn't mean he will make the team.

Actually I would love to see the look on his face when he realizes that he isn't going to command the salary that he thinks he will.
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sat Feb 21, 2004 12:31 am

He's very good friends with LeBron James. Too bad he hasn't taken LeBron's cue and realized that it isn't all about him, but about trying to win and improve yourself. I was worried about LeBron before the season began, but damned if he hasn't been impressive on the floor, and anything but a spoiled brat off the floor. Maurice obviously hasn't been paying attention.
 
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sat Feb 21, 2004 12:49 am

This clown will look good in a Seagulls ERRRR hawks uniform next year.
 
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sat Feb 21, 2004 12:54 am

What do you expect from an Ohio State player?
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sat Feb 21, 2004 12:57 am

And Usairwys757 makes the most logical post of all. No wonder he is an open faced roast beef sandwich.
 
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sat Feb 21, 2004 1:03 am

Ah, KROC, you're Ohio State-itis is getting way out of hand.  Laugh out loud

Still smarting from OSU beating your 'Canes, eh?  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sat Feb 21, 2004 1:36 am

You mean OSU CHEATING my 'Canes???
 
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sat Feb 21, 2004 2:46 am

You mean OSU CHEATING my 'Canes???

OSU didn't cheat. They paid the ref fair and square.  Big grin
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sat Feb 21, 2004 3:10 am

It's all Bush's fault

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Clarett is a dumbass. We all know big sports universities specialise in academic fraud for their beloved athletes. However, most athletes are smart enough to actually attempt to do the work, even if it is 15 minutes before class. Just to keep up the appearances some even show up for classes other than just the test days. I guess this is just one more example of the decline of college athletes. Clarett is a dumbass and if I were in charge of selecting a player for an NFL team no matter how good he is I would not want him. Do you think someone whose ego is already this inflated in college is going to do anything for a team in the NFL when he is making money that is not under the table?

"I'm kicking it in the next four weeks," - From the mouth of a sophomore at what is considered one of the better public institutions of higher learning.

Remember the days not so long ago when people went to college for the education? Back when sports were secondary to the primary goal of making something useful of yourself. Something needs to be done about college being a minor league for the pros, this is getting stupid.
 
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sat Feb 21, 2004 3:36 pm

This clown will look good in a Seagulls ERRRR hawks uniform next year.

Bull KROC.

We already had our Vietnam.

Its name was Brian Bosworth-less now it is time for somebody else to have an overrated, injury prone player.
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sat Feb 21, 2004 3:39 pm

A whinny cry-baby, go figure he went to OSU...I hope he makes it to the NFL, then gets nailed by Ray Lewis and retires...
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sat Feb 21, 2004 5:45 pm

Clarett's a typical Ohio State pussy. I hope he meets Roy Williams soon!

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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sun Feb 22, 2004 1:06 am

All this pussy-ass jealousy of Ohio State, from the usual sour sources-KROC, AA61hvy, et al. It's amusing, but God, are you guys really that hard up for a joke?  Laugh out loud

Grow up boys. I don't like Clarrett either, but your OSU jokes are getting pretty lame. But then again, you just can't stand the fact they won a title.

Oh, and KROC, you complaining about the "Cheateyes" after the sad history of the Hurricanes, is pretty amusing, too.  Laugh out loud
 
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sun Feb 22, 2004 1:33 am

I really think that Clarett will become the next Lawrence Phillips. For this guy it was all about the cash. Lets see, he sits out a year then goes to the combine and shows up 20 pounds overweight and refuses to participate. Not to mention he has a real injury problem. What an assclown. Great. I hope you have a good time with your one year NFL career when you're drafted in the 3rd round, a two year CFL career, and spending the rest of your life trying to scrape by--realizing, ten years down the road that you should have been more serious at Ohio St. instead of trying to calculate the millions you would make in the NFL. The guy thinks he's LeBron--the only difference is that football and basketball are two different animals altogether. The one who will be most dissappointed though will be the gravy-trainer that is Jim Brown, sorry Jim, Maurice won't be able to support you in five years--maybe less. Jim Brown is a f---ing joke.
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sun Feb 22, 2004 1:59 am

All this pussy-ass jealousy of Ohio State

What is there to be jealous of Alpha1? A bunch of losers that cant play at Miami or USC, so they have to go to Ohio State?
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sun Feb 22, 2004 5:05 am

A bunch of losers that cant play at Miami or USC..

 Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud

What a dumb statement!! Did you check the last time Miami played those "losers"? ROTFL. I think the "losers" won, despite the crybaby antics of KROC, and others who can't ever get over the fact that OSU won that game. They won, Miami didn't.  Laugh out loud

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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sun Feb 22, 2004 5:10 am

"despite the crybaby antics of KROC, and others who can't ever get over the fact that OSU won that game"

Reminds me of you bitching about GWB being elected President...  Big grin
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sun Feb 22, 2004 5:23 am

Uh, Aa61hvy, I really didn't bitch much about the election. In fact, if you'd bother to look, I've been one who said he won fair and square.

In any event, at least bitching about Bush is to complain about something that's at least halfway important, not a college football team.
 
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sun Feb 22, 2004 5:27 am

 Wink/being sarcastic Just thought I'd let you know Alpha..
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sun Feb 22, 2004 5:34 am

Well, it was a waste of your typing, AA61hvy. 1. I didn't need to be reminded. And 2. It was a bad comparison.  Smile
 
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sun Feb 22, 2004 7:31 am

God, but some people are not too bright around here

By the way Alpha1, have you looked at Miami's recruiting class? Hmmm it seems that its better than OSU's. Funny thing is, that you are living in the past. Its time to get back to reality.
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Sun Feb 22, 2004 12:39 pm

Usairwys757, as I said, check out the last time they playes? Who won? Those "losers", right? I noticed you didn't even go there.

Miami always has the best recruiting class. But that doesn't mean much, when there's so much talent out there. Again, what you said was so idiotic that I almost fell off my chair laughing. Amazing, that their "losers", when in the last two seasons, they've won more games than any other program. Hell, if that's your idea of "losers", then I think you need to recheck the meaning of the word.  Laugh out loud

Living in the past, eh? Well, Miami didn't win the title this season, even though last year they also had the best recruiting class. My money is they won't win it this year either, as I think SC will.

Talk about a sore loser. You even beat out KROC on this one.
 
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RE: Clarrett Wimps Out At NFL Combine

Tue Feb 24, 2004 12:46 am

Hey Alpha1, I didnt go there because it happend maybe something like 2 years ago. So I didnt feel the need to go there. I also could have said that the refs gave them the game, but I wont go there either because I know you will make some big deal about it. I never said Miami did win the title last season, all I said was you have to revert to soemthing that happend 2 years ago to make your point. Good job slick.
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