Tiger Cornerback Surpised By Bowden Decision

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Ardley was suspended from the team during spring practice in 1999 after this incident.

CLEMSON, SC -- Alex Ardley, reached at his home in Tallahassee, said he learned of his
dismissal Thursday afternoon from a newspaper reporter. "I didn't know
nothing about it," he said. "Somebody called for an interview and I thought
they were talking about my decision (whether to declare for the NFL draft).
[Coach Bowden] called me after the fact."

Ardley was involved in an incident in the Gator Bowl on Monday that resulted
in his ejection from the game. Clemson coach Tommy Bowden declined to
comment at that time.

Ardley said that he had not heard from any of the Clemson coaches until
Thursday afternoon when he was dismissed.

"That's his decision and I've got to deal with it," said Ardley. "But I
didn't know it was all like that."

Ardley, although he said he was surprised by Bowden's decision, admitted
that his relationship with Bowden was never good. "Ever since the first
incident, it wasn't where it was supposed to be," he said, referring to his
suspension from the team during spring practice in 1999.

Ardley was kicked out of spring practice during a scrimmage in Death Valley
months after Bowden arrived.

"I guess he went back to the first incident," said Ardley.
Ardley, however, was involved in an argument with defensive coordinator
Reggie Herring during a game at Duke this season. At the time, Bowden said
that incident was handled privately.

Ardley said he didn't know what his future plans would be. "I should know by
this weekend," he said.

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