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Mountaineers RB Slaton decides to go pro

Updated: January 14, 2008, 9:01 AM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN.com

West Virginia junior running back Steve Slaton said Sunday he will enter the NFL draft.

"I just told my coaches," an emotional Slaton said. "This is hard for me. But my coaches that knew me best have left. And now it's time for me to leave."

In the school-issued statement, new Mountaineers coach Bill Stewart said his conversation with Slaton was "very private and heart-warming," and will remain private.

"I believe every student athlete, male or female, should pursue, exhaust ...

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