Originally created 12/03/01

Watson to practice with basketball team



COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clemson receiver Roscoe Crosby might not be the only two-sport star in South Carolina.

Gamecock coach Lou Holtz said tailback Derek Watson will work out with South Carolina's basketball team before joining the club for full bowl practice Dec. 14.

"Derek came to see me about playing basketball and we talked with coach (Dave) Odom about it," Holtz said Sunday. "Derek indicated he wanted to be involved in an organized program during the offseason."

Holtz said he and Watson met with first-year basketball coach Odom on Saturday. Watson was expected at basketball practice Sunday.

"The basketball coaches will have an opportunity this week to see what role, if any, Derek could play on their team," Holtz said.

Watson was the state's "Mr. Basketball" his senior season at Palmetto High.

The move could help Watson keep this off-season more trouble free than a year ago. Watson was suspended twice by Holtz, including for South Carolina's Outback Bowl victory on Jan. 1, for off-the-field incidents.

Watson rushed for 591 yards this season. Holtz says he expects Watson back for his senior year.

"He will play in the bowl game and be prepared to play well," Holtz said.

Crosby, Clemson's freshman receiver, signed a $1.75 million deal after being drafted last June by the Kansas City Royals.