It’s offical: Kyle Parker is going to be back with the Clemson football team. Parker confirmed the news via a statment released by the Clemson sports information department.
Kyle Parker, the only athlete in Division I college sports history to throw 20 touchdown passes on the gridiron and hit 20 home runs on the baseball diamond in the same academic year, announced Wednesday that he will return to Clemson to play football for the 2010 season.
“I am excited about this decision,” said Parker. “I am ready to get back to Clemson, work out with my football teammates and coaches and get ready for the season. The closer you get to football season the more you think about playing in Death Valley, running down the hill and being a part of the Clemson football tradition.
“I want to thank Coach Swinney for his patience in this process. I thought it was important to make a decision about football at this time to be fair to Coach (Dabo) Swinney and the team.
“I was in a situation where I couldn’t make a bad decision. All my options are still on the table at this point. The only option I have ruled out is playing baseball exclusively for the Colorado Rockies right now. Negotiations will continue with the Rockies, but I will play football at Clemson this fall.”
Parker was the starting quarterback on Clemson’s football team that won the Atlantic Division championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference and finished 24th in the final AP poll with a 9-5 record. He was the starting right fielder on the Clemson baseball team that won the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference and advanced to the Final Four of the 2010 College World Series.
This is huge for Dabo Swinney and the Tigers. Clemson just went from a five to six win team back to one that should contend for the ACC Atlantic title.