McDuffie to be Reinstated

According to sources, reserve DT Chris McDuffie has been re-instated to the team and will have dinner with the rest of his teammates tonight.

McDuffie was orginally charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within proximity of a school back in early July and was promptly suspended from the team.

Apparently, things have now changed as he will now have dinner with the team this evening on the first day players are allowed to report for the 2004 season.

According to the sources, McDuffie will be disciplined "in-house" and will be able to practice with the team tomorrow afternoon.

Earlier this week, it was reported by TheState Newspaper that McDuffie was scheduled to enter a pre-trial intervention program, a move that was likely going to allow him to be re-instated to the team at some point.

Head coach Tommy Bowden is expected to make a formal announcement regarding McDuffie's future at Clemson tomorrow after the Tigers' first practice.

McDuffie red-shirted the entire 2003 season and has not yet played in a game for Clemson. He was listed as a third-team defensive tackle on depth chart after spring practice before being suspended.

He had two tackles and one for loss in the Orange & White game this April and was also named to the Clemson Academic Honor Roll in the spring.

More on this breaking story shortly.

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