University of Houston coach John Jenkins hopes the NFL draft doesn't strike twice in the same spot.
Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware skipped his senior season with the Cougars a year ago in favor of the NFL. His replacement, quarterback David Klingler, planned to announce Thursday if he'll make the same decision.The Houston Post quoted sources Wednesday as saying Klingler, who set or tied 33 NCAA records last season, would remain for his senior year with the Cougars.
Klingler refused to confirm the report.
"The decision is made. I was just trying to find a time convenient for me to hold a news conference," Klingler said. "It's amazing how many things have been said that supposedly I said or somebody else said. So tomorrow we're going to set the record straight."
Asked if there was truth to the Post story, Klingler replied "No, tomorrow I'll make my decision known."
"It's all more speculation and rumor," he said. "One of the many reasons we're calling a press conference tomorrow is to see if anybody else is going to show up who's using my name."
Ware passed up his senior season with the Cougars and became the first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions. He signed a four-year contract worth a reported $5.2 million.
The Post source said Klingler had strong feelings about returning for a second season as the starter. The Post said Klingler had received some advice from NFL insiders to stay at Houston another year.
Klingler set single-season NCAA records for touchdown passes , attempts (643), completions (374) and yards per game (467.3). He was fifth in the 1990 Heisman Trophy balloting behind winner Ty Detmer of Brigham Young.