Initial Heart Tests for Eason Negative


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<font class=caption>Eason returns a fumble last year versus Duke.</a>
Eason returns a fumble last year versus Duke.

Clemson, SC-Clemson starting defensive tackle Nick Eason will undergo

tests this weekend to determine if he has any heart abnormalities.

Eason reported he was experiencing an irregular heartbeat to

Clemson's medical staff at the end of the second practice on Thursday

night.

Eason missed both practices on Friday to begin tests, and

they will continue over the weekend. The tests that were run on

Friday were negative. "Nick is certainly one of the leaders of our

entire team and we will miss that leadership the next few practices,"

said Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden. "The initial findings have

been good, but we want to take every precaution."

Eason has had to battle injury problems since December of

2000 when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon during practice for the

Gator Bowl game with Virginia Tech. He did not miss a game during

the 2001 season, but was limited by a sprained ankle much of the

season. He played just five snaps against Virginia and at NC State.

For his career he has played 35 games, 23 as a starter. He has 91

career tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks.

Eason already has his undergraduate degree in sociology and

is currently working on his master's degree in human resource

development. He was named to the American Football Coaches

Association Goodworks team, one of just 11 players from across the

nation selected. He has been named a Top Six Award recipient by the

ACC for his community service activities, the only four-time

recipient of that award from Clemson.

LITTLEJOHN FIRE EXTINGUISHED QUICKLY, NO INJURIES

by: Clemson News Services

CLEMSON -- A Friday afternoon fire at Clemson University's Littlejohn Coliseum was contained quickly. There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Clemson University Fire Department was summoned to Littlejohn Coliseum at 3:15 p.m. today (Aug. 16), where they found smoke rising from the roof of the campus sports venue. Firefighters extinguished the fire within about 45 minutes.

The fire was contained to a new entrance overhang on the

east side of the building facing Centennial Boulevard.

Units from the Central Fire Department were called to assist

in fighting the fire. Units will be on the scene throughout

the evening to monitor residual smoldering at the site of

the blaze.

University police are investigating the cause of the fire,

with assistance from the State Law Enforcement Division

(SLED). State law requires that SLED assist with any fire investigation involving state property.

There is no indication that this fire will delay the January 2003 completion date.

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