Phillips Issues Statement on Field Security


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Clemson, SC-Clemson University Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips
has issued a statement concerning incidents that took place on Frank
Howard Field following the football game between Clemson University
and the University of South Carolina on November 23, 2002. Two
people were injured when fans removed the goalposts at the east end
of the stadium.


An Anderson County Sheriff's Reserve Deputy suffered a broken
collarbone and injured ribs. A Clemson student was treated and
released Sunday morning after suffering a mild concussion.


"We express deep regret for any injuries that took place on
the field after the game last Saturday evening," said Phillips. "We
take this matter very seriously. Clemson will do everything in its
power to assure the safety of its fans, students, coaches, players
and security personnel at all future athletic events.


"In the off-season Clemson University will examine all issues
regarding the long-standing practice of people coming on the field
immediately after the game. We will work to preserve our traditions,
but we will take the necessary steps to maximize the overall safety
for our fans and personnel who work the game. A plan will be
developed, communicated and implemented prior to next football
season."

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