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Postby Azrael » Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:56 am

I was paging through the Sporting News top 100 HS players in America to find Noel Devine absent from the list. What a crock.
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Re: Sporting News missed the boat on Noel Devine

Postby Mercer Boy » Thu Aug 11, 2005 12:01 pm

Azrael wrote:I was paging through the Sporting News top 100 HS players in America to find Noel Devine absent from the list. What a crock.


I think it's because Deion Sanders is hiding him. :-b
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Postby JayM09 » Thu Aug 11, 2005 5:57 pm

actually he left deion without telling him and went back to florida.
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Postby Kensat30 » Thu Aug 11, 2005 6:06 pm

Is he even a Senior yet? Maybe they left Juniors off the list.
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Postby VaderFin » Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:32 pm

JayM09 wrote:actually he left deion without telling him and went back to florida.



Here is the story:

http://www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll ... 09008/1075


And yes, he is a junior this year.
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Postby SwiperNoSwiping » Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:59 pm

JayM09 wrote:actually he left deion without telling him and went back to florida.


Wow..This is like 10 minutes from my house..I missed that whole story..I knew that Deion was going to have him stay with him, but missed the rest of it...Is there a link or anything Jay that you knew about or what was the deal?
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Postby VaderFin » Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:00 pm

SwiperNoSwiping wrote:
JayM09 wrote:actually he left deion without telling him and went back to florida.


Wow..This is like 10 minutes from my house..I missed that whole story..I knew that Deion was going to have him stay with him, but missed the rest of it...Is there a link or anything Jay that you knew about or what was the deal?


Swiper, I just posted the link silly! 8-o
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Postby 34=Sweetness » Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:05 pm

Crazy story right there 8-o
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Postby JayM09 » Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:06 pm

i got mine from dallasnews.com, but vader posted a link already.

here is the one i read.

RB Devine surprises Deion, heads back to Florida

Sanders was trying to adopt troubled player, who left without a word


11:37 PM CDT on Tuesday, August 9, 2005


By MIKE HEIKA / The Dallas Morning News


Noel Devine, the troubled high school running back whom Deion Sanders was trying to adopt, left Prosper on Monday and flew back to Florida, where he is expected to return to school.

"Anytime you open your heart to someone and genuinely show them love, you're affected when something like this happens," Sanders said. "But we can release it and let it go because we honestly know that we did everything God told us to do. We're not looking back over our shoulders; we're just praying for the kid."

Devine spent last week at Baltimore Ravens training camp with Sanders and returned to Prosper, where Sanders' family lives, on Sunday. Devine is registered at Prosper High School and was expected to start practice with the Prosper football team Monday afternoon. He instead took one of Sanders' vehicles, drove to D/FW International Airport, left the keys in the car, and boarded a plane to Fort Myers.

Sanders said he was shocked, as paperwork to complete the transfer of guardianship was expected to be finished Friday.

"It hurts because he just took the keys to a car and left. He didn't say this or that, or say good-bye to anyone," Sanders said. "He packed the car with the school clothes and stuff we had bought him and left. We don't care about the clothes and stuff, it's the principle. That's what hurts."

Devine, 17, who will be a junior this year, ran into trouble as a sophomore at North Fort Myers High School when his girlfriend had a baby and a good friend died from a gunshot wound as the result of an altercation that involved Devine, the friend and a third party.

One of the school's staff called Sanders, a graduate of North Fort Myers, to provide counseling. Sanders so liked Devine he made plans to adopt him and bring him to Prosper, where he would live and play football at Prosper High School.

This became a big story not only because of Sanders' presence, but also because Devine is one of the best running backs in Florida, having rushed for 2,773 yards and 34 touchdowns in two seasons of high school play.

Devine's parents are both dead, and he was living part-time with his grandmother and part-time with a friend's parents – Robert and Liz Harlow. While Devine's grandmother, Lee Thomas, has guardianship and was attempting to transfer that guardianship to Sanders, the Harlows made attempts to stop the process. A Florida judge said last week the guardianship case needed to be determined in Texas, and Devine left Florida to go to training camp with Sanders. Devine has spent time in Prosper throughout the summer and recently visited with some of the players and coaches, according to Prosper coach John Pease.

"He was a good kid and seemed to be hitting it off," Pease said. "What we would like is for him to make a decision that's best for him. If he wants to stay in Florida, and that makes him happy, we're fine with that."

Still, the manner in which Devine made his escape was troubling to those he left behind in Texas.

"He violated the trust we gave him," Sanders said. "I have five kids. I can't allow my home to be infected with that type of stuff, because sooner or later it's going to be affected with it."

Staff Writer Jean-Jacques Taylor contributed to this story.
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Postby SwiperNoSwiping » Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:06 pm

Thanks fellas...How I missed that I don't know.

wow that's something. Just packed and left..Meanwhile Deion is paying up the wazoo to have his car parked at the airport. :-D
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