Two-Sport Star Kyle Parker Staying At Clemson

July 21, 2010

Turns Down Chance To Join Rockies…

Kyle Parker

Clemson two-sport standout Kyle Parker will remain a two-sport student-athlete for at least another year.  The quarterback/outfielder for the Clemson football and baseball teams will pass on the chance to become a big league baseball player to return to school this fall.

Parker was taken by the Colorado Rockies with the 26th pick of the first round of last month’s MLB draft, but he announced Wednesday that he will return to play football at Clemson for the 2010 fall season.

“I am excited about this decision,” Parker said.  “I am ready to get back to Clemson, work out with my football teammates and coaches and get ready for the season.”

Parker had set a midnight Tuesday deadline for the Rockies to agree to the $3 million signing bonus he was looking for, but the deadline came and went without a deal.  The MLB’s actual deadline for drafted players to negotiate with teams is August 16.

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