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Clemson OL has career cut short by shoulder injury


The football career of Clemson redshirt freshman offensive lineman Patrick DeStefano has come to an abrupt end. The university released a statement Wednesday confirming DeStefano stepping away from football as a result of a shoulder problem.

“I am very disappointed to announce that Patrick DeStefano will no longer play football here,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said in a release. “Over the last couple of weeks he has had a problem with ‘stingers’ and they just weren’t going away. He had a lot of tests on his neck and shoulders, had discussions with doctors and decided it was best for his future that he give up football.

While his football days are over, there is a bit of good news to surface from this unfortunate news. Clemson has confirmed the university will continue to honor DeStefano’s scholarship. Swinney also said they will welcome DeStefano to continue being a part of the team, although what his role will be has not been confirmed. Whatever the case, it is always nice to see a program continue to honor their commitment to a player through good times and bad. After all, a scholarship is about more than football.

DeStefano sat out the 2012 season with a redshirt and played in two games this season for the Tigers.

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3 Responses to “Clemson OL has career cut short by shoulder injury”
  1. noaxetogrind says: Oct 9, 2013 11:22 PM

    There is absolutely no reason for them not to honor his scholarship. Once he is declared medically ineligible his scholarship does not count against NCAA mandated limits. They will have the ability to resign another player with that scholarship starting in the next class.

  2. jbq2 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:49 PM

    The sad thing about scholarships for about 10 years is that they are renewed on a year by year basis. How many teams send players on their way who have been injured. Clemson could have done just that. It is nice to know that they did not. Clemson also has a combat vet by the name of Daniel Rodriquez on their squad. Therefore, this attitude by Dabo Swinney is no accident. Good for the Tigers from Clemson SC from someone who was stationed in Charleston for 4 years on board ship.

  3. noaxetogrind says: Oct 10, 2013 12:11 PM

    @ jbq2,
    I agree with you Dabo is a good guy but I don’t think you quite understand the NCAA scholarship rule. Teams do not “send players on their way who have been injured” as you say. When the one year renewable scholarships were introduced it was clearly mandated that injury is not a reason for non-renewal. That is why their is a “permanent injury” clause that allows institutions to keep players on scholarship and not have them count against totals. In fact if a player is not going to have his scholarship renewed he must be advised of this in writing by the school by June 1 and he has the right to appeal the decision to a review board at the school of non-athletic related faculty and staff. This was done to keep schools from just getting rid of recruiting mistakes. You will see 5th year seniors who are not contributing not have a scholarship renewed but the feeling there is that the school has at least met their initial obligation of providing 4 years to graduate and even that is rarely used by most schools. This is not a knock on Clemson, they did the right thing, but lets also not try and act like every other school in the country wouldnt have done the exact same thing.

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