Wednesday, April 15, 2009

EVIDENTLY DUKE NEEDS A POINT GUARD AT QUARTERBACK LIKE A FISH NEEDS A BICYCLE

…and what is he going to do about the whole flopping thing? Is he really trying to follow in his little brother's footsteeps who plays QB for the Tar Heels?

According to ESPN:

Since Greg Paulus appears serious about making the transition to college football this fall, Duke coach David Cutcliffe is willing to have the former Blue Devils point guard in for a tryout.
Just not at the quarterback position.

Cutcliffe said Wednesday he's told the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Paulus, a standout quarterback in high school who just finished his fourth year of basketball at Duke, that he could try out for a spot at inside receiver in Duke's last six spring practices.

Cutcliffe said he and Paulus "talked extensively" about the possibility of Paulus joining the football team, but the bottom line was there was "no way" he could come out and try to play quarterback for the Blue Devils after such a long hiatus from the position.

"He's a quarterback at heart, but there was no way he was going to be able to compete and play quarterback for us," Cutcliffe said.

According to NCAA eligibility guidelines, student-athletes generally must sit out a year if they transfer from one four-year school to another. Because student-athletes are allowed to redshirt for medical or other reasons, they are granted 10 semesters of eligibility.

In the case of Paulus, because he was never a basketball redshirt at Duke, as an undergraduate transfer he would be eligible to play football at another school, assuming there are no extenuating circumstances concerning his eligibility.

In advance of the NFL draft next weekend, Paulus worked out in front of representatives for the Green Bay Packers last week in Durham, N.C., Duke spokesman Art Chase said.

Chase also said that the Blue Devils point guard visited Michigan on Tuesday to explore the possibility of transferring there to play football.

Michigan spokesman David Abluaf declined comment and coach Rich Rodriguez has repeatedly said he only talks about players on his roster.

Sources told ESPN.com's Christopher Lawlor that Paulus was there to speak to Rodriguez about the possibility of playing this season for the Wolverines. Paulus watched Michigan practice.

Cutcliffe said perhaps Paulus would have a better shot at trying to play quarterback in a spread system like that of Michigan's.

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