Clemson receiver Dye remaining with program
September, 17, 2009
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
It's been an indecisive day for Clemson receiver Xavier Dye. This morning, coach Dabo Swinney told the Dan Scott show on WCCP in Clemson that Dye had decided to leave the program. Since that 11:45 a.m. interview, Swinney met with Dye, who has changed his mind and will stay at Clemson.
This was little more than Dye taking this week to hang his head about being demoted from the starting lineup for the Georgia Tech game. He hadn't practiced all week, which is why he's not going to play this week against Boston College.
The Tigers spent all summer looking for another receiver to emerge as a dependable option along with standout Jacoby Ford, and Dye was in the mix of inconsistency. He caught one pass for four yards as a starter against Middle Tennessee and was then relegated to the bench last week. Marquan Jones (three catches for 108 yards and one touchdown) hasn't dropped a ball yet, and Terrance Ashe has provided some help, but Swinney is still looking for answers from that group. They wanted to get Brandon Clear a shot last week, but the ball he caught was out of bounds.
If Dye uses this experience as motivation -- which his final decision indicates he might -- it could give the group a boost.