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johngalt
06-07-2008, 10:17 AM
Reds are going to let him still play football after the baseball season. Could be a steal since I believe some people were saying he had 3rd or 4th round talent.

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080607/SPORTS0601/806070442/1004/SPORTS

corkedbat
06-07-2008, 11:32 AM
Boston may have caught a big break yesterday (like they need more luck :thumbdown)when they took Meyer in the 20th Rd. on the same day that UK headcoach John Cohen resigned to take the head job @ his Alma Mater Miss St.

He was replaced Gary Henderson, who was Cohen's pitching coach and played a big part in Meyer's recruitment, but the coaching change might just raise his signability a little bit. Hope he resists and comes to Lexington, but the BoSox certainly have the deep pockets to sign him.

redhawk61
06-07-2008, 01:08 PM
By Terry Hutchens
Posted: June 7, 2008

Andrew Means had two wishes granted Friday when he was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th round of the 2008 baseball draft.

He'll get to play professional baseball later this month when he reports to Sarasota, Fla., and the Reds allowed one of Indiana University's top returning receivers to play football this fall.
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Means has agreed to terms and expects to sign a contract soon.

"The signing bonus they're talking about is too much to pass up, but the fact that they're OK with me coming back and playing football is really important, too," Means said Friday in a telephone conversation from his home in Avon Lake, Ohio.

"Right now my plan is to play baseball this summer, and then return to play football in August."

Means hit .357 and led the Big Ten in runs (72) and triples (eight) this season. He was third in the conference with 33 stolen bases.

In football, the 6-foot, 208-pound receiver had 48 catches last season for 559 yards. Only Ray Fisher, with 52 catches, had more among returning players. Means and Fisher are expected to be IU's top receivers this season.

IU football coach Bill Lynch was excited to learn he didn't lose Means.

"I've sensed all along that he really wanted to play football as well in the fall and it was just a matter of getting it all worked out," Lynch said. "If it works out, it will be a great boost for our football program. He's a really good player for us, he's a good leader and a well-respected guy."

One surprise Friday was Boston selected Greensburg High right-hander Alex Meyer in the 20th round. Meyer was projected as a possible first round pick but dropped because teams were concerned they couldn't sign him. He has signed with Kentucky and is being advised by Scott Boras.

redhawk61
06-07-2008, 01:08 PM
dang didn't see this thread

SMcGavin
06-07-2008, 01:34 PM
That's great news. I've watched the majority of his football games during his IU career, and this guy is both really tough and FAST. I haven't watched him play baseball but have heard he was timed at some ridiculous first to third speed, and his stolen base numbers (33 for 39) speak for themselves.

RedsManRick
06-07-2008, 02:31 PM
Interesting. I didn't realize you could maintain eligibility for football while being paid as a professional baseball player. I guess the spots are silo'd.

medford
06-07-2008, 02:43 PM
Interesting. I didn't realize you could maintain eligibility for football while being paid as a professional baseball player. I guess the spots are silo'd.

Many have done it, including Adam Dunn for a season at Texas. He didn't concentrate full time on baseball until Chris Simms signed w/ the longhorns, and it became apperant he no longer had a good shot at the starting QB role.

LoganBuck
06-07-2008, 03:06 PM
Many have done it, including Adam Dunn for a season at Texas. He didn't concentrate full time on baseball until Chris Simms signed w/ the longhorns, and it became apperant he no longer had a good shot at the starting QB role.

Simms and Dunn were in the same recruiting class. Dunn quit when it was strongly suggested he move to tight end.

11larkin11
06-07-2008, 03:47 PM
Simms and Dunn were in the same recruiting class. Dunn quit when it was strongly suggested he move to tight end.

The Buckeyes actually have a guy who does it. Devon Torrence is currently playing in the Astros system.

Hoosier Red
06-07-2008, 04:00 PM
A lot of basketball players have done it. Former bearcat Keith Legree was one.

Also Drew Henson did it while QBing at Michigan.

dougdirt
06-07-2008, 04:03 PM
Dennis Dixon played last year in the Braves system.

Oxilon
06-07-2008, 04:40 PM
I believe Jeff Samardzija did it as well.

dougdirt
06-07-2008, 05:08 PM
I believe Jeff Samardzija did it as well.

Nope, not him. He played this past summer but have given up football.

BuckeyeRedleg
06-07-2008, 05:11 PM
And Ricky Williams.

SMcGavin
06-07-2008, 05:48 PM
Nope, not him. He played this past summer but have given up football.

Samardzija did pitch in the minors in 2006 as well, before returning to ND that fall for football season.

Speaking of him I just looked up his stats, he is currently sporting a 37 K / 33 BB ratio in 60 innings of AA ball. Not so hot.

IslandRed
06-07-2008, 05:55 PM
Interesting. I didn't realize you could maintain eligibility for football while being paid as a professional baseball player. I guess the spots are silo'd.

That's been the rule for a long time -- you can be a professional in one sport while retaining eligibility in another. It goes back at least to Danny Ainge, and I believe John Elway and Deion Sanders are among those who started their pro baseball careers while still playing college football.

There are a couple of caveats, though, if I remember right -- the player cannot be on scholarship, he has to pay his own way once turning pro in another sport; and turning pro in another sport does not exempt him from the NCAA's no-endorsements rule (e.g. Jeremy Bloom).