Receiver still seeking return to USC

Updated: July 28, 2004, 1:52 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Mike Williams met with NCAA officials in Los Angeles in his bid for reinstatement to USC's football team, the Los Angeles Times reported in Tuesday's editions.

Williams declared for the NFL draft as a sophomore with the Trojans on the heels of a court ruling that initially allowed former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett, who led the Buckeyes to the national championship after the 2002 season, his freshman year.

The ruling was later overturned, leaving both players ineligible. The NCAA recently has received Williams' application for reinstatement.

NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson declined comment on USC's request for a progress-toward-degree waiver for Williams, but Christianson said that USC's request for reinstatement of eligibility was continuing, the Times reported.

Williams and USC Coach Pete Carroll could not be reached for comment by the newspaper.

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