Coleman Released From Jail, Graduates With Class; Walker Ineligible


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CLEMSON - Duane Coleman graduated with his class at Littlejohn Coliseum Thursday morning, just hours after being released from the Oconee County Detention Center.

Coleman was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Seneca for simple possession of marijuana. The arrest came after he was stopped for a traffic violation - failure to use a turn signal.

The senior cornerback was released from jail at 8 a.m. Thursday, OCDC officials said. Clemson University officials confirmed Coleman did indeed take part in graduation ceremonies, culminating with receiving his diploma from school President James Barker.

Meanwhile, after Thursday's football practice, head coach Tommy Bowden made a short statement concerning Coleman.

"He graduated today. His mother is here, so I'll let them enjoy the day. (Friday) I'll accumulate all the information and make the decision," he said.

Pressed on the issue, Bowden declined further comment.

If Coleman is suspended for the Dec. 29th Music City Bowl, his backups at the starting cornerback position are freshman Crezdon Butler and senior Sergio Gilliam.

Meanwhile, the Tigers wrapped up their next-to-last practice at Clemson before heading home for Christmas. The team will workout at 8 a.m. Friday, then be excused for the holiday.

Players must report in Nashville by 11 a.m. on Dec. 26.

In other team news, Bowden said that defensive back Roy Walker will be the team's only academic casualty this semester. The redshirt junior will be ineligible for the Music City Bowl and spring practice.

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