Finally, the Clemmins spin machine gets some help from the press on the Ray Ray McElrathbey affair. From The Charleston Post and Courier’s Gene Sapakoff comes this:
… It’s possible the coaching staff is doing McElrathbey a favor by not saying why he no longer is wanted as a football player.
It’s definitely not a stretch to say a non-professional football prospect in charge of a young teen might be better off moving on to the college-degreed work force or graduate work without having to worry about a relatively frivolous pursuit.
Sure, it’s possible. It’s also possible that monkeys could come flying out of my butt any minute now.
Sapakoff’s got proof that this move, while clumsily executed, was well-intentioned. Sure, Tommy gets the benefit “… of another football scholarship, which might come in handy some Saturday down the line against Virginia Tech” as a byproduct of his noble gesture, but if he were really trying to be an SOB about things, Sapakoff argues, “there are players he could have run off without having to answer so many questions.” There you go!
Keep in mind it’s not like Tommy has answered any questions about Ray Ray’s fate in the first place. It’s just that he could have ignored fewer questions if he’d canned a lower profile player. So he must have McElrathbey’s best interests at heart. Or something like that.
I’m a little surprised that Spurrier hasn’t weighed in on this yet. Normally he loves to do a little knife twisting. Of course, the way these guys keep sticking their feet in their mouths, maybe it’s better to sit back and watch with a smirk on his face.