What columnists are saying about the Ray Ray McElrathbey situation:
Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The easiest thing for Clemson to do would have been to keep McElrathbey on a scholarship. No fuss. No muss. No controversy. But it would not have been the best thing for the Clemson program as a whole. In the real world, people have to make tough decisions that are going to be unpopular. This is one of those.
John Kaltefleiter, Athens Banner-Herald: Tommy Bowden claims he's a God-fearing man, that his priorities are the good Lord, family and football in that order. But it seems even the most religious men are prone to devilish mistakes, and Bowden surely fits the bill this time around.
Gene Sapakoff, Charleston Post and Courier: It's possible the coaching staff is doing McElrathbey a favor by not saying why he no longer is wanted as a football player. It's definitely not a stretch to say a non-professional football prospect in charge of a young teen might be better off moving on to the college-degreed work force or graduate work without having to worry about a relatively frivolous pursuit.
Phil Taylor, SI.com: Cold-blooded? Heartless? You bet. Having one more scholarship to hand out isn't going to change Clemson's program in any significant way, but losing it certainly could change Ray Ray and Fahmarr's lives.
Ken Burger, Charleston Post and Courier: The McElrathbey boys will be fine. Ray Ray will earn his degree and Fahmarr has a healthy trust fund to help him along in life. The real loser is Clemson.
Brad Senkiw, Anderson Independent Mail: Clemson knew this was going to be a black eye regardless of how the media covered the story. So, why has it taken so long to get the facts right? It seems that Clemson was piecing together its own puzzle after the decision was made, not before.
Mark Hudgens, Real Football 365.com: If Bowden needed a scholarship, he should have booted linebacker Cortney Vincent, who has an unresolved DUI from December and now is suspended indefinitely because of a violation of team rules.