Surgeries & Suspension

CLEMSON – has learned of four surgeries completed yesterday on members of the football team, as well as a new suspension on the basketball team.<br><BR> <b>UPDATED WITH NEW INFO: 10:28 PM</b><BR><BR>

Four members of the Clemson football team had surgery Monday for various injuries, while a key member of the men's basketball team was suspended indefinitely.

Clemson's team doctor, Larry Bowman, told that offensive linemen Barry Richardson and Marion Dukes, defensive lineman Nick Hayes, and tailback Duane Coleman all went under the knife Monday to repair various ailments, some of which were accumulated during the season. One of the injuries, however, happened Saturday.

Richardson, a freshman and starting left tackle, had surgery on a knee, as did Hayes, a walk-on sophomore.

Dukes, a sophomore and starting right tackle, had surgery on a shoulder.

Coleman, a junior, broke his hand during Saturday's game against South Carolina.

Bowman said all surgeries were a success and that all will be ready by spring practice.

In other news, basketball player Olu Babalola, a senior forward, was suspended indefinitely by head coach Oliver Purnell for conduct detrimental to the team for an incident that took place during practice Sunday.

"I'm always disappointed when our guys don't have the absolute attitude we wanted them to have," Purnell said.

According to players on the team, it started when Babalola said something to Purnell during practice Sunday and was immediately told to leave.

"He and Coach had been kind of getting into it and I guess Coach didn't want his attitude to rub off on the team," senior forward Sharrod Ford told "You know sometimes how coaches will get on players and push them to see how they're going to react? I guess Olu got tired of it and let coach know."

Babalola will not make the trip to Boston College on Friday and his status will be reevaluated upon the team's return. Top Stories