The Ray Ray McElrathbey story is a special one. The Clemson reserve tailback gained national fame for taking custody of his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr in 2006, then received a rare waiver from the NCAA that allowed him to get assistance from the university and the public in taking care of his younger brother and still maintain his football eligibility.
Now the truth. Tiger tailback James Davis says McElrathbey didn’t have a say in the matter. The coaching staff decided not to renew McElrathbey’s scholarship for the 2008-09 season.
“He said something about how they weren’t going to renew his scholarship,” said Davis, who has known McElrathbey since their high school days in Atlanta. “It really surprised me. But there’s a lot of stuff you can’t say. It’s something I guess everybody has to learn to live with.”
March 12, 2008 Update
Since StateFansNation will be adopting the Clemson Tigers as our team to follow in March, it is only appropriate the we provide a little defensive support for “our Tigers” this week.