College Football: Clemson Quarterback Kyle Parker To Return for 2010
Will he stay or will he go? That is the question concerning quarterback Kyle Parker of Clemson.
Parker led the Tigers to their first ever ACC Title game appearance in 2009. Since June he has been considering "a bird in the hand" opportunity to become a major league baseball player.
Concern spread throughout the Clemson football community regarding the future plans of the Tiger signal-caller following last month's baseball draft as Parker was taken 26th overall by the Colorado Rockies.
Those who bleed orange in South Carolina are torn between wishing the best for Parker on the diamond and seeing their highly successful football leader return for another shot at the elusive ACC title.
Clemson last won the ACC championship 19 years ago under Coach Ken Hatfield.
The Two Sides of Mr. Parker
When the Tigers' two-sport star was drafted in the first round by Colorado in June, many believed his football career at Clemson was over.
After leading the Tigers to an appearance in the ACC title game, Parker took off his football helmet and put on his baseball uniform.
In the 2010 baseball season, Parker batted .344 and hit 20 home runs while helping Clemson make a trip to the College World Series.
The Tigers were eliminated by the eventual champion South Carolina Gamecocks, but there is no denying the professional flavor of Kyle Parker's game.
Parker was unable to work out a contract with the Rockies by July 20, a date he and his family set as the deadline for making a commitment to play professional baseball
The Decision: Death Valley over Rocky Mountain High
Kyle Parker has yet to make his return official, but you can't keep good news a secret.
A source, with some knowledge of the current situation, has revealed Kyle Parker will return as Clemson's starting quarterback this fall.
That source, according to local television station WYFF, is the Clemson sports information director Tim Bourret.
Bourret has revealed Kyle Parker informed Tiger football coach Dabo Swinney he wishes to return to the football team. He has three seasons of football eligibility remaining.
Like all good leaders, Parker wishes to make the announcement himself to the awaiting public and plans to make a statement through the Clemson sports information office on Wednesday.
While it is good news for Tiger football faithful, there is nothing to prevent Parker from continuing his negotiations with the Rockies.
Seeing the principled stand he made concerning the deadline, one has to feel any arrangement with Colorado would have to be effective after the end of the 2010 college football season.