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Clemson suspends receiver for bowl game

Lee Butler, Martavis Bryant AP

With a rather significant ACC vs. SEC bowl matchup looming on the last day of the month, Clemson will be without a top deep threat in its passing game.

The Tigers announced late Tuesday that wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended by head coach Dabo Swinney for the December 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl game against LSU.  As opposed to the standard “violation of unspecified team rules,” the stated reason for the punitive measure was academics.

No statement from Swinney was attached to the release.

Bryant has averaged 30.5 yards on his 10 receptions in 2012; as Clemson noted, that’s tops in the nation for players with at least 10 catches.

The sophomore also has four touchdown receptions in 10 games, which is currently third on the team.  And one more than 2011 All-American and fellow sophomore Sammy Watkins.

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6 Responses to “Clemson suspends receiver for bowl game”
  1. thegamecocker says: Dec 12, 2012 8:48 AM

    I commend Coach Swinney for this action. It shows that ACADEMICS do count as Clemson. In fact, Clemson is in the Top 10 for APR ratings (983). That is excellent and they should be commended for that. At the top of that list is Northwestern at 995; Duke 989; Boise St 989; Ohio St 988; Northern Ill 987; Rice 986; Clemson 983; Middle Tenn St. 983 and Rutgers 982. Well done Clemson.

  2. floridacock says: Dec 12, 2012 9:59 AM

    Won’t hurt or help. Two wins against teams with winning records, Ball State and NC State and a pathetic showing against USC of the SEC. Clempsons bowl won’t be as bad as last years, but same results.

  3. igottz5onit says: Dec 12, 2012 10:44 AM

    I think the term “pathetic showing” is a bit of an exaggeration when regarding the Clemson performance against South Carolina. They lost by ten and were still in it with five minutes left in the game and had the lead at the half. I get it that you don’t like Clemson, but to negate a very good game by calling one team’s performance pathetic is to denigrate both teams performance. It was a good game and South Carolina came out with a decisive win but both teams are probably where they should be ranked right now and deserve respect. This may be a blowout either way but I think it will be a close game and Bryant will be missed for the depth he provides against LSU’s incredible defense.

  4. jonkybon says: Dec 12, 2012 1:31 PM

    Second time in two years as Swinney suspended Bellamy last year for the ACC Championship game and the Orange Bowl for his poor academic performance. When his grades didn’t improve, Bellamy was asked to leave.

    Bryant didn’t originally qualify for Clemson, so he went to Hargrove. He pulled straight A’s there to get into Clemson. I hope he turns his grades around, even if it means missing next football season. The diploma is far more important.

  5. jets12 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:01 PM

    Not really up to coaches to suspend players who have problem with grades. Normally a school policy.

  6. bonami1 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:30 PM

    I have to wonder if his grades have just now fallen below standards…I can’t imagine that the whole season he had “acceptable” grades. And now he is failing…

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