Clemson, SC-Clemson defensive tackle Nick Eason was named to the
2001 American Football Coaches Association Good Works team on
Wednesday. The AFCA recognizes 11 Division I players every year for
their community service involvement. Eason was the only ACC player
named to the team.
Eason has been active in community service since he first
came to Clemson in 1998. Each year the ACC honors six
student-athletes at each of its member institutions for their time
spent on community service projects. Eason is the only Clemson
student-athlete to be chosen for this award three times.
Eason, a graduate student from Lyons, GA, has traveled abroad
with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to speak with students
about the positives of athletics and to teach youngsters about
sports. He also is a frequent visitor to elementary schools in he
Clemson's defensive MVP last year earned his degree from
Clemson in August and still has two years of eligibility remaining
(including he 2001 season). He is the first Tiger gridder to earn
his degree (sociology) with two years of eligibility remaining.
Eason is the second Clemson football player to be named to
the Good Works team. Robert Carswell, now with the San Diego
Chargers, was named to the team in 1999.
2001 AFCA Good Works Team
Brooks Bollinger, Jr, QB, Wisconsin
Rohan Davey, Sr., QB, LSU
Nick Eason, Gr. DT. Clemson
Joaquin Gonzalez, Sr, OT, Miami (FL)
Patrick Kobongo, So, DT, Nebraska
Graham Manley, Sr, TE, Syracuse
Chris Porter, Sr, RB, UTEP
John Richardson, Sr, OG, Boston College
Charles Robinson, Sr., FS, Colorado
John Stinchcomb, Jr., OT, Georgia
SPIRIT BLITZ WEEK TAKES OVER CLEMSON
CLEMSON -- A week awash in orange will end in a flourish of
red, white and blue. As the finale for Spirit Blitz Week,
Clemson University student organization Central Spirit is
urging fans to wear the colors of our country to Clemson's
football game against the University of Virginia this
Originally, the day was to be declared "Orange Out" day,
when fans were supposed to wear as much orange as possible.
However, the organizations involved in Spirit Blitz decided
that red, white and blue would be more appropriate this
week, in light of the tragic events of Sept. 11. All fans,
from both teams, are asked to wear patriotic colors.
Barry Jones, president of Central Spirit, said the stadium,
which was originally supposed to be a "sea of orange," will
now be a "sea of patriotism." Central Spirit will inflate
red, white and blue balloons at the game, instead of the
usual orange balloons.
Spirit Blitz Week, an entire week devoted to Clemson spirit,
rouses fans everywhere to show their Tiger pride. The
celebrations kicked off on Monday, which was declared "Paint
the Town Orange" day.
Students and fans across the state are urged to decorate the
campus and their homes in Clemson colors all week long.
Participants can submit photos of their decor to the IPTAY
publication The Orange & White, in which the best pictures
The canned food drive, sponsored by Tigers Who Care, is
another Spirit Blitz event. Volunteers collect canned goods
at the Bi-Lo in Clemson, the Hendrix Student Center atrium
and the University Union.
Highlighting the week is the Bowman Blitz Bash on Friday at
9 p.m. The public is invited to this free concert and pep
rally, featuring five bands, the Clemson cheerleaders and
the Rally Cats. There will be games and prizes, and lots of
Central Spirit started Spirit Blitz in 1984, and it
continued in 1985, 1988 and 1990. Last year, the tradition
was revived, and Jones says this year's celebration is
bigger and better than ever, largely because several other
campus organizations have become involved. The Union
Programs and Activities Council, IPTAY Collegiate Club,
Tigers Who Care, Student Government, the Athletic Department
and the Clemson Cable Network all pitched in to help Central
Spirit plan this year's events.
ACC PRESIDENT'S HOLD ANNUAL MEETING
GREENSBORO, N. C.-Issues relating to the welfare of Atlantic
Coast Conference student-athletes and their experiences on campus
highlighted a recent meeting of the nine Chief Executive Officers of the
ACC in their annual fall meeting, held September 5-6 on the Duke
University Campus in Durham, N.C., and chaired by Duke President Nannerl
One of the issues discussed, the proliferation of football games
to non-traditional days of the week, resulted in a consensus of the nine
schools agreeing to limit regular-season football games to Thursdays and
Saturdays, bypassing the opportunity to hold football games on other
days. This decision would not affect holiday weekend games such as those
on Labor Day or Thanksgiving weekends, but would be in effect during the
Discussions were also held regarding several national issues
from the Knight Commission Report and the Equity Conferences meeting
held in Chicago, in which two CEOs and the Commissioner participated
from each of the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big 12, Big 10, PAC 10 and
Southeastern Conferences. Presidents John Casteen of Virginia, Thomas
Hearn of Wake Forest represented the ACC as well as Commissioner John
Swofford at that meeting.
The ACC Presidents believe the Equity Conference meetings
provide a good, solid forum for schools with athletic programs that
share a number of common features to look at pressing national issues.
Discussion at this meeting focused on issues of student-athlete welfare
and the experiences of student-athletes on campus.
The Presidents have asked Commissioner Swofford, and the
athletic directors, faculty representatives and senior woman
administrators of ACC institutions to gather information in several
areas of concern and propose possible steps to be taken to address these
concerns. They include:
1. Correcting methods of calculating graduation
rates of student-athletes to reflect positively when a student in good
academic standing transfers to another institution. Currently, schools
are penalized for this.
2. Reviewing the status of summer and voluntary
3. Studying the future of post-season college
football, including the time period allocated for it.
4. Studying the effect on student-athletes and
their academic experiences of the expanding length of athletic seasons
in all sports, with the goal of halting or reversing this trend if the
evidence shows reason for concern.
Finally, the CEO's elected Wayne Clough of Georgia Tech for a
four-year term to represent the ACC and replace Virginia's John Casteen
on the NCAA Board of Directors.