Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Russell Wilson Shopping His College Football Services
[HT: The Asheville (NC) Citizen Times, WRAL]
Russell Wilson spent his off day Tuesday from the Asheville Tourists in the Class A South Atlantic League down in Auburn, Alabama checking out the Tigers. Even though Wilson has cashed a six figure check from the Colorado Rockies he can't stay away from football. Wilson is searching for a school to play for because NC State head coach Tom O'Brien made it clear that junior Mike Glennon is his starting quarterback.
Those of us in the OSG HQ know how talented Russell Wilson is, he's third in the ACC in career touchdown passes with 76 and threw for 3,563 yards last season.
We are also imagining Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn getting his hands on Wilson for a year. Might up the win total a bit for the 2010 BCS national champions.
While Wilson is shopping around for a new school to play one ACC head coach isn't impressed. Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said this Tuesday on Mark and Mike on 620 the Buzz.
"He's a tremendous player, it'll work. I'm just uninspired by that type thing. Russell Wilson is an N.C. State football player and should leave it at that. Where is he an alum from when that happens? I don't know," Cutcliffe said.
"The intent of that rule is that truly if someone wants a graduate degree from somewhere and it's not offered at their school you can immediately be eligible. I just think that's abuse of a rule. And he's a great young man. I'm very proud that he's from our conference and tremendous representative and I hate for anybody not to have a chance. But I just personally don't like that. I don't like guys all of the sudden getting waivers...and I hate to say this but it's abuse on transfer when a family member is sick and then they waive the year of transition. Appeals bother me, they seem to be funny. All of that is easily approved is what I'm getting at."
As for the Rockies well if Wilson decides to play football this fall then a portion of his $250,000 signing bonus must be returned.
“It's a significant portion he would have to return,” Marc Gustafson, the Rockies' senior director of player development told the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Wilson did notify the Tourists that he intended to go to Auburn in persuit of resuming his football career.
“He called (Monday night) and said a lot of (college football) teams were courting him,” Gustafson said. “He said he doesn't know what he wants to do, so right now, it's all speculation.”
Does Wilson have a major league baseball career? Maybe but his focus isn't entirely there. Russell Wilson still wants to play football even on the professional level.
He would make a great CFL quarterback eh.