John Clark back on Troy roster

Published 3:57 pm Monday, July 29, 2013

Troy defensive lineman John Clark was added to the roster on Monday.

Clark, who was academically ineligible last season, played in all 12 games in 2011 making three starts.

Here is the quote from head coach Larry Blakeney, who was not happy, after Clark was ruled ineligible last year.

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“We have failed one of the best young men we have ever had in this program. John was actually eligible according to NCAA standards, but failed to  accomplish a school standard grade-point-average which automatically rendered him  ineligible.

“We all have to share the blame for this young man not succeeding. John was not an abuser of the system. He went to class, he worked hard in the  classroom and took full advantage of the resources afforded to him at Troy. John  Clark did everything asked of him, and I am sick about this. He will be  afforded the opportunity to come back to school and play next year.
“John has also worked hard to play this game at the college level and was  tabbed to be a starter or in the rotation on the defensive line. We must learn from this tragedy and continue to invest in all levels of academic support for all students.”