The fate of Clemson basketball player Troy Mathis was resolved Thursday and the judgment is not as bad as it could be, but it's still a ways from being what he had hoped for.
The university announced that Mathis, a freshman, is
immediately suspended from Clemson and will remain so
until the end of the semester due to a fight he and 22
other students were involved in on Sept. 6, in front
of McCabe Hall.
"A subsequent investigation by the Office of Judicial
Services resulted in disciplinary sanctions against 23
students who were charged with violating the
university's student code of conduct," the university
said in a statement. "According to university policy,
a student can be charged with a violation of the
student code even if no criminal charges are
warranted. Disciplinary sanctions varied, depending on
the individual student's level of participation in the
incident. Sanctions ranged from community service to
one case of suspension for the current semester."
As a result of the suspension, all the time he's spent
in class for the better part of two months is all for
naught. It's as if he never even enrolled at the
Mathis will be allowed to apply for reinstatement for
the spring semester and return as a student. However,
his basketball season is over.
Mathis has been suspended from the basketball team for
one year, Tigers coach Oliver Purnell announced
Thursday. The good news for Mathis, however, is the
fact that still has four years of eligibility
remaining and can start practicing with the team in
"We ask our players, and feel very strongly, that they
should, when they see trouble coming, go the other
way," Purnell said. "In this situation, we didn't do
that. Obviously Troy didn't do that. And he found
himself in a situation that had to be dealt with at
the university level in terms of a fight."
Even though most of the basketball team was involved
in the fight, and even though none of the other 22
students were suspended from school, Purnell said he
thinks the punishment of Mathis, who was expected to
compete for a starting job at point guard, is fair.
Initially following the fight, Mathis, along with
teammates Sherrod Ford and Cheyenne Moore were
suspended from school for one year by the Student
Judiciary Committee. Clemson's vice president of
student affairs Almeda Jacks overturned Ford's and
Moore's suspension on appeal, but kept Mathis'
one-year suspension intact.
"Each case was decided on its own merits," said
Clemson chief public affairs officer Cathy Sams, who
would not refer specifically to the names of the
students, said at the time. "We think the sanctions
Mathis appealed that ruling to school president James
Barker, and he handed down his final decision on
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