Former Irish QB won't be released from scholarship
Updated: September 19, 2007, 11:23 PM ETESPN.com news services
Jimmy Clausen had been the team's top quarterback but was not named the opening game starter as he was recovering from surgery to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow. "When I heard Jimmy was the No. 1 all the way through spring and that the only thing that was keeping him out of the lineup was his surgery, well that's not what I was led to believe going into the summer," Jones told the South Bend Tribune for Monday's editions. "I thought I was getting a chance because coach Weis believed in me. Then I didn't know what to believe anymore." Jones, who is from Chicago, said he attended Northern Illinois' 21-19 loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday in DeKalb, Ill., but had not yet been in contact with the school's coaching staff and did not know when he would begin practicing with his new team. "My plan is to practice with them this year and be eligible to play next fall," he said Monday. "I'd then have three years of eligibility. That's how I hope it works out." Information from The Associated Press and ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad was used in this report.
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