Clemson, SC-The Clemson vs. Duke football game scheduled for this
Saturday, September 15th, has been postponed. All Atlantic Coast
Conference athletic events through Saturday were postponed, ACC
Commissioner John Swofford announced on Wednesday. The action is the
result of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on Tuesday.
The makeup date for the Clemson vs. Duke game will be
determined later this week.
All events surrounding this weekend, including Clemson Hall of Fame
induction and the ground breaking ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum,
are also postponed.
"We have made this action as a conference," said Robinson. "
Our prayers go out to the families who suffered significant loss as a
result of the terrorist actions earlier this week. I will discuss a
new date for the game with (Duke Athletic Director) Joe Alleva this
week and we plan to have an announcement on the new date as soon as
Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden was informed of the decision
in the middle of practice Wednesday. "I support the decision made by
the ACC,' said Bowden. "I told the team during a break in practice
and we changed gears right away. We went right into preparation for
the Virginia game."
"We support the decision made by the ACC," said Clemson
linebacker Chad Carson. "We could have played, and would have had
the league made the decision to do so. But it is also a time to
reflect on what took place. We certainly feel for the families who
have suffered a great loss."
This is just the second time in history that Clemson has been
involved in a game that has been postponed. Clemson's November 23,
1963 football game with South Carolina was postponed due to the death
of former President John F. Kennedy. That game was rescheduled for
the following Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.
Clemson's women's soccer match with Florida State, scheduled
for Sunday, has been postponed until Monday. The time for that match
will be determined on Thursday.
Call-in Show Postponed
Clemson also announced that Head Coach Tommy Bowden's Thursday
evening Call-in Show has been postponed. Bowden was to do the show
with the voice of the Tigers, Jim Phillips from the BILO store in
Easley. It was be rescheduled at the end of the season.
Clemson Athletic Events Postponed this weekend
September 14 Men's soccer vs. Duke
Volleyball vs. Hofstra at South Florida
September 15 Football vs. Duke
Men's and women's cross country at Winthrop Invitational
Volleyball vs. St. Louis and South Florida at South Florida
September 16 Women's soccer vs. Florida State
Atlantic Coast Conference postpones all league competition through
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference has voted unanimously
that competition in all sports will be suspended through Saturday,
September 15, in light of yesterday's national tragedy, announced
Commissioner John Swofford.
Included in the postponements are five ACC football games scheduled for
"It is the opinion of our conference members that this will allow for an
appropriate period of reflection and respect for those many people who
have been impacted by the tragic events that took place yesterday. A
good case can be made for playing or not playing the games this
Saturday," said Swofford. "Our schools thoroughly discussed the
situation on their own campuses and with each other and voted
unanimously to postpone all athletic events through Saturday. We are
praying for the safety, health and recovery of all of our fellow
Three of the five games scheduled for Saturday have been rescheduled --
West Virginia at Maryland has been rescheduled for September 29,
Northern Illinois at Wake Forest will be played on November 24, SMU at
North Carolina will be played December 1. The Duke at Clemson and
Georgia Tech at Florida State games will be rescheduled at a later date.
Previously, the league postponed two Thursday night games. The Ohio
University at NC State contest has been rescheduled for November 24,
while Penn State at Virginia will be played on December 1.