Monday, August 15, 2005

Football - The Patrick Carter Saga Gets Strange

Ok, so Patrick Carter gets unhappy at Georgia Tech that the coaches no longer feel he should be a quarterback, but tell him that he could make an excellent wide receiver. He decides to transfer instead of accepting that message................ Word comes down that he will be transferring to USF because they will let him play QB. His name shows up in the USF media guide on the roster................ To USF's surprise, Carter shows up at the U of Florida, practicing as a wide receiver. He says he was swayed by Jesse Palmer, the former Florida QB of "Bachelor" fame, over the summer..........He says he's talked to Urban Meyer, who thinks he could be a good WR. So Carter says he will walk-on for this season to the Gators, sit out a season due to transfer rules and hope to earn a scholarship next season. Meyer says "we'll see"........................ Now word comes out that he has missed practices at Florida and in fact will NOT be attending Florida and is looking at other schools. Meyer says he welcome to come back.

"I'm not sure what he's going to do. He's always welcome back here," Meyer said. "He's never played wide receiver and we wanted to see if he could be a wideout at the University of Florida and I just don't know that. In three days, it's hard to get that done."

Now, I don't know Patrick Carter, and I don't know what's going on in his head. At this point I just feel bad for him. It's seems to be a classic case of a young man trying to grow up, trying to chase a dream, but not facing reality. On the surface he appears to be a bit of a primma donna, but again, I don't know that. Whatever is really going on, I hope he finds what he's looking for. You hate to see a kid do this to himself and you just hope that he places some level of value on his education.................