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Move voids sophomore's remaining eligibility

2/26/2004 - USC Trojans

TAMPA, Fla. -- Wide receiver Mike Williams will not be able
to return to Southern California because he hired an agent.

Williams, an All-American sophomore, announced Wednesday he will
enter April's NFL draft. He is the first underclassman to do so
since the court case allowing Ohio State's Maurice Clarett into the
draft.

The decision voided the NFL rule that barred players until they
were out of high school for three years. The NFL then gave
underclassmen and high school players until March 1 to declare,
then three days after that to pull out.

But that can't happen for Williams because he has hired agent
Mike Azzarelli of Tampa. Azzarell's other NFL clients include New
York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde, San Francisco cornerback
Mike Rumph and Chicago kicker Paul Edinger.

Williams, 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds who is expected to be a high
first-round pick, had two years of eligibility remaining for the
defending national champion Trojans. He said after USC beat
Michigan in the Rose Bowl that he planned to stay in school, but
then came the Clarett ruling.