Clemson Disassociates From Booster


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CLEMSON — Controversy surrounding the recruitment of two Gaffney High School
football players has led to Clemson University disassociating itself from a
booster for at least one year.


The booster was not named in documents obtained Wednesday by the Daily
Journal/Messenger, but the person in question is believed to be Gaffney
businessman Lamar Greene.


Several calls to Greene's residence and business went unanswered Wednesday
afternoon and evening.


The action came to light Wednesday when Clemson announced a host of NCAA
secondary violations (see story this page), many of which centered on
activities directly or indirectly involving the booster.


Among the allegations were charges that the booster and Gaffney football
players Jeff Littlejohn and Roger McIntosh had improper contact with with an
assistant coach at a restaurant during a recruiting "quiet period". The
school also says the booster loaned the players $1,300 to pay for a limousine
used to attend a high school prom, and allowed the same two players use of a
private boat.


In a letter to the booster dated May 28, Clemson University President James
Barker outlined the actions taken by the school, which include:


— Clemson University not accepting any assistance from the booster which
would aid in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes, or the support
of enrolled student-athletes;


— The university refusing any financial assistance from the booster for the
school's athletic programs;


— The booster being denied any athletic benefit or privilege that is not
generally available to the public at large;


— The booster being denied the ability to hold office or be a member of
IPTAY, or any other official Clemson athletics support group;


— The booster being denied the ability to represent Clemson University
athletics' interests in any manner.


According to Athletic Director Bobby Robinson, the booster can apply for
reinstatement after a period of one year from the date of the letter. Even at
that, Robinson said, realignment with the university could come with a period
of probation and several stipulations.


Robinson would not elaborate as to the nature of those stipulations.

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