The senior was arrested Wednesday and held overnight in the Oconee County Detention Center for possession of marijuana.
Tigers head coach Tommy Bowden said early Thursday
afternoon that he hadn't spoken to Coleman about the
incident yet and likely wouldn't until Friday.
"He graduated today, his mother is here so I've let
them enjoy today," Bowden said. "Tomorrow I will
accumulate all the information and I will make my
Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning is sick
about the situation and not from a football
"I talked to Duane's mother earlier today and I told
her I was sorry, but I don't know really what to tell
her," Koenning said. "For the first time in a while I
was lost for words. I didn't know what to say.
"The fact that her son is graduating from college, I
don't know how many people in their family have or
have not, I just think she is extremely proud of him
for graduating from college. I don't think she hit a
brick wall, it was more like a speed bump in her mind,
but we will leave that question to her.
"She has a lot to be proud of in her son. He came here
with a whole bunch of people on the hill saying there
is no way he is graduating and he stayed after it. He
got help from people up on the hill and he stayed
after it and he walked and got his degree."
According to the ticket issued to Coleman, who was
pulled over because of a failure to use his turn
signal, redshirt sophomore cornerback Brandon Croley
was riding in the passenger's seat.
When the officer approached the car, he could smell an
order that he believed to be marijuana. When he asked
the players about it, one of them responded, "We done
smoked it," the ticked showed.
Croley wasn't charged with any violation.
Koenning said that Gaddis will start at one
cornerback, with freshmen Chris Chancellor and Crezdon
Butler battling it out for Coleman's spot, should
Bowden rule the senior isn't allowed to play.
Gaddis made no bones about just how upset he is.
"The whole thing just sucks, man," Gaddis said. "To
see all that he has accomplished and to see his career
end on a sour note like that, it sucks. It sucks for
me, so I can only imagine how he feels.
"I have been here almost as long as he has and I've
seen his ups and downs and everything he has gone
through. It is sad to see it end like this, but the
good thing is he did get his degree."
Gaddis said he is confident someone else on the
defense will be able to fill Coleman's role from a
"We have enough leaders to step up and bridge the
gap," Gaddis said. "We've gone through the stuff with
guys like (Anthony) Waters going down. I think we will
be all right."
One academic casualty
Redshirt junior Roy Walker was ruled academically
ineligible Wednesday. He was the only Tiger not to
make the grade.
"We had one, and as you can see locally, we had a few
down there at Georgia Tech," Bowden said. "This is the
time of year when finals come out and as the NCAA
tightens and makes it more difficult. You might start
seeing this more year-to-year."
Bowl Game Up in the Air for Coleman
CUTigers.com Top Stories
WHAT WE ARE HEARING#3 Clemson has won 24 of its last 25, and the Tigers look to improve to 8-0 as they head to Tallahassee to take on ACC rival #12 Florida State.
Inside the Matchup: Clemson vs Florida StateThe Tigers and Seminoles face off with CFP implications on the line
Scout CFB8:15 AM
ACC Media DayCUTigers was on hand in Charlotte for ACC Media Day on Wednesday. Watch Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell, All-ACC First-Teamer Jaron Blossomgame and point guard Avry Holmes discuss…
CUTigers.comYesterday at 10:56 AM
TUESDAY DABO PC AND INTERVIEWSCUTigers was at the Clemson West Zone on Tuesday for Dabo Swinney's weekly press conference and interviews with Brent Venables, Christian Wilkins, Jadar Johnson and Kendall Joesph.
CUTigers.comTuesday at 12:00 PM