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Clemson suspends four players for season opener at Georgia

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Clemson will open the 2014 season on the road at Georgia, but at least four players will not be making the trip. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has suspended four players for the season opener for violations of team rules. Offensive guard David Beasley, offensive tackle Shaq Anthony, defensive back Garry Peters and defensive end Corey Crawford will miss the season opener due to a violation of team rules.

“I am disappointed to announce that these young men will miss the 2014 opener at Georgia,” Swinney said. “A huge part of our program is teaching accountability, responsibility and that there are consequences for your actions. These are four good young men, but they broke a team rule and as a result, they will each miss a game. I am hopeful that they will learn and grow from this and have a great 2014 season on and off the field.”

Crawford and Beasley were starters for Clemson last season, and thus would have been projected starters for the 2014 season. Crawford started all 12 games during the regular season for Clemson last season. Peters and Anthony were expected to compete for starting jobs in 2014 as well, and may have been considered favorites for those starting jobs out of the spring.

None of the players have been arrested, according to The Post and Courier.

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12 Responses to “Clemson suspends four players for season opener at Georgia”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Mar 4, 2014 2:46 PM

    It’s nice to go for a school that actually teaches it’s student athletes to be accountable. Great job Dabo!

  2. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 4, 2014 2:56 PM

    SEC Strong!

    Oh wait…

  3. woebegong says: Mar 4, 2014 4:30 PM

    UGA of the SEC also does that quite often. I can’t remember a time on opening season in recent history where UGA hasn’t had at least one player missing a game on opening day. It is good to see coaches holding these kids accountable for their actions.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Mar 4, 2014 6:03 PM

    But, will they learn anything from the suspensions?

  5. wabbitslayer says: Mar 4, 2014 8:14 PM

    Richt will not be outdone by this sort of attempted gamesmanship and in response will probably suspend at least six UGA players.

  6. onlyoneleft says: Mar 4, 2014 8:59 PM

    Dabo, damn man.

  7. normtide says: Mar 4, 2014 9:59 PM

    Didn’t Spurrier say that about Georgia? That’s why he likes playing them in the first couple of weeks?

    Dabo is a good coach. People will knock him if he suspended players, and people would knock him if he didn’t. Can’t win.

  8. lbijake says: Mar 4, 2014 10:07 PM

    It is so bogus when a power football program suspends player(s) for a game against a team they are picked to beat by 30 points.

  9. woebegong says: Mar 5, 2014 3:03 AM

    I don’t think you will see Clemson as a 30 point favorite over UGA when they play. More than likely, the odds makers will have UGA a slight favorite. It is true Clemson won last year, but the over all record of previous meetings is not in their favor. UGA will return 10 of 11 offensive starters from last year, and with a new DC, I think the defense will be much tighter this year.
    It will not be a cupcake walk for either team.
    No matter who UGA plays, or what game it is in the season, if a player violates the rules, Coach Richt will suspend him from the game or games and in some cases, remove him from the team. UGA fans complain about that a lot but the man expects the rules to be followed, no matter how good the athlete is. The rules are a little more strict at UGA, than most other schools, but the kids know that coming in.

  10. jonkybon says: Mar 5, 2014 7:32 AM

    @woebegong

    I agree with everything you said, but UGA returns 8 of 11 on offense as they are losing their starting QB, TE and one OL. On defense they return 9 of 11 as they were scheduled to lose one DB and then kicked their best defensive player Harvey-Clemons off the team.

    Dabo and Richt are known to teach quality values to their outstanding programs. The two aren’t alone, but probably are in SE Div 1 programs. Joker Phillips was another high value coach, but his last season at UK was in 12.

    BTW the early word out of Clemson is that the four young men were suspended because they failed to show up at a scheduled charity event and didn’t fulfill their required community service. None of them, nor Dabo, are answering questions about the “Team Rule” that was violated to confirm or deny the rumor.

  11. jonkybon says: Mar 5, 2014 7:37 AM

    PS When Richt kicked Harvey-Clemons off the team, it was the second time in three years he booted a five star starter ( and arguably the best player on his side of the field) off the team.

    Richt has a very strict three strike policy. First offense a player is suspended 10% of the games. Second offense is 50% and third strike you’re gone. Doesn’t matter the player or the game.

  12. onlyoneleft says: Mar 5, 2014 10:27 PM

    Mark Richt is the exception to SEC coaches. Now, Spurrier will suspend them the first two days of spring practice and then back it down to one day.

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