Monday, November 22, 2004
ACC, SEC looking at tapes of fight
CLEMSON, S.C. -- The Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference will review tapes of the fight that broke out in the fourth quarter of the Clemson-South Carolina game before deciding on penalties.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive and ACC commissioner John Swofford both issued releases on Sunday. Slive said he expected to have a decision by Monday.
"There is no place in intercollegiate athletics for this kind
of conduct and no excuse for it, rivalries not withstanding,"
Slive said. "This conduct runs counter to everything we value in
athletics and will not be tolerated."
The Tigers and Gamecocks had a brief confrontation before
Saturday's game and throughout officials had to quell small
skirmishes and separate players.
The brawl broke out with 5:48 to go. It started when Tigers
defensive lineman Bobby Williamson took down South Carolina
quarterback Syvelle Newton and appeared to linger too long on top of him.
South Carolina offensive lineman Chris White came to help
Newton. White's teammates Na'shan Goddard and Jabari Levey went
after Williamson. Tigers Cory Groover, Donnell Clark and Gaines
Adams joined in and the chaos began as both sidelines cleared.
South Carolina's Lou Holtz, coaching his last game with the
Gamecocks, and Clemson coach Tommy Bowden sprinted to the center of the melee to try and break things up. Security and police officers were needed to restore order.
Clemson went on the to win the game 29-7.
Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips said Sunday he was
working with the ACC to determine whether players could face
Holtz said he would meet with South Carolina athletic director
Mike McGee along with other school administrators and take
immediate action against those responsible.
"When players make a decision to run out on the field, there
are going to be repercussions from those decisions," Holtz said.