Clemson Rumors & News

  • Clemson WR Deon Cain reinstated, Dabo Swinney confirms

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Clemson rising sophomore wide receiver Deon Cain, sent home the day before the Tigers' College Football Playoff semifinal in the Orange Bowl for violating team rules, has been reinstated, coach Dabo Swinney confirmed Tuesday. "He is a great kid — not a bad kid at all," Swinney told reporters at..." May 11

  • Logan Rudolph commits to Clemson with unusual Twitter video

    The State "Clemson flexed its in-state recruiting muscle Friday night with a commitment from defensive end Logan Rudolph of Northwestern High. After going out of state for their first nine commitments of the 2017 class, the Tigers made their first local take a big one. Rudolph (6-4, 225) holds 40 or so..." May 07

  • Dabo Swinney Provides Status Update On Clemson WR Mike Williams

    College Spun "Clemson is looking forward to the return of wide receiver Mike Williams, who basically missed the entire 2015 season after colliding with a goalpost while snagging a touchdown in week 1 and injuring his neck. On Wednesday, head coach Dabo Swinney provided a status update on the star receiver. " April 20

  • 5-Star Rashan Gary Received Disturbing, Race-Driven Voice Mail On Day Before His Clemson Visit

    North Jersey "The phone message left at the Paramus Catholic athletic department was delivered in a thick, Southern drawl and with a thinly veiled threat. “If you’re coming down here, you gotta do just like the KKK and be serious about your football. Clemson and the KKK, the two things we love the most,” the..." April 18

  • Clemson approves new $30.75M contract for Dabo Swinney

    Fox Sports - College Football "Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney has been due for a contract upgrade and now he's getting a substantial one. The Clemson board of trustees' compensation committee has agreed to a new contract that will pay Swinney $30.75 million over the next six years, according to the contract term..." April 12

  • Dabo Swinney: 'Last time' to see Deshaun Watson in spring game

    ESPN "In hopes of persuading a hefty crowd of Clemson fans to come out for the Tigers' spring football game on April 9, head coach Dabo Swinney made it clear he is not expecting his star quarterback, Deshaun Watson, to be in a Clemson uniform next spring. "I really want to challenge the crowd and..." March 29

  • Clemson dismisses redshirt freshman cornerback Kaleb Chalmers

    Today's U "An apparent proclivity for wacky tobacco which led to his arrest has now led to the dismissal of Clemson redshirt freshman cornerback Kaleb Chalmers. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney confirmed Monday after a spring practice session that Chalmers had been dismissed from the program. “He’s no longer..." March 24

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    Per sources, Clemson DE Shaq Lawson's shoulder was flagged at the combine, and he's on the list to go back to Indy for the medical recheck.

  • Clemson CB Adrian Baker tears ACL

    Yahoo! Sports "Clemson was already heading into 2016 with a rebuilt defensive secondary. And now there's another person to potentially replace. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said cornerback Adrian Baker suffered a torn ACL during spring practice per the Post and Courier. Because of the timing of the injury,..." March 09

  • Clemson’s Entire Football Staff Receives 2-Year Extensions Following National Title Appearance

    College Spun "Clemson football’s entire coaching staff received two-year contract extension approvals from the school’s board of trustees this morning. This comes after the 2015 season that included an undefeated regular season, College Football Playoff berth and a national championship game appearance...." March 04

  • Clemson WR Mike Williams cleared, Deon Cain to miss spring practice

    SI - College Football "Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told reporters on Monday that wide receiver Deon Cain would miss spring practice and wide receiver Mike Williams has been cleared for football activities. Cain, who was one of three players suspended for the Orange Bowl after violating team rules, had 34 catches..." March 01

  • LeAnthony Williams Commits To Clemson Tigers In Video

    Campus Insiders "LeAnthony Williams committed to the Clemson Tigers on Monday afternoon. Well that didn't take long, now did it? Only a few hours after his father, LeAnthony Williams Sr., tweeted out an image displaying his final five schools, 4-star recruit LeAnthony Williams Jr. officially made his..." February 22

  • Clemson WR Germone Hopper Has Reportedly Left The Football Team

    College Spun "Clemson’s depth chart suffered a blow this week, losing one of its most experienced wide receivers. According to, wide receiver Germone Hopper has left the football team but remains enrolled in classes at Clemson. It appears the decision was his alone and had nothing to..." February 17

  • Deshaun Watson won’t commit to NFL, says Clemson 'wanted to be legendary'

    The Comeback "Six weeks after losing the College Football Playoff Championship to Alabama, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson still sounds disappointed. Accepting the Davey O’Brien Award for college football’s best quarterback Monday, the Heisman finalist had this to say, according to the AP: “That was our goal —..." February 16

  • Clemson lands commitment from 4-star WR Amari Rodgers on Valentine's Day

    USA Today "Dabo Swinney can be forgiven for telling wife Kathleen that she has to share his love on Valentine’s Day this year. A little bit of Swinney was devoted to Amari Rodgers on Sunday. Rodgers, a four-star wide receiver from the Class of 2017, committed to Clemson ahead of hometown Tennessee;..." February 16

  • Clemson scores early signing day win with No. 18 player

    ESPN "Clemson won the first big battle of national signing day, but Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss and Texas are the day's biggest winners. Cornerback Trayvon Mullen, the No. 18 player in ESPN 300, committed to Clemson live on ESPNU Wednesday morning. His decision surprised many as he was projected..." February 03

  • No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary deciding between Clemson and Michigan

    The Score "A process that began with a list of teams too long to recount is down to just two: Clemson and Michigan. Five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the No. 1 recruit in the country, knows he'll commit to the Tigers or Wolverines during Wednesday's National Signing Day. However, he's having a..." February 02

  • Olathe North football player Isaiah Simmons commits to Clemson

    Kansas City Star "Olathe North High School wide receiver and defensive back Isaiah Simmons announced his decisision to attend Clemson University on Twitter Tuesday night. Simmons is listed as a three-star recruit by He is ranked as the No. 3 recruit in the state of Kansas and the No. 32-ranked..." February 02

  • Deshaun Watson Claims Next Year May Be His Final Season at Clemson

    Bleacher Report "Enjoy quarterback Deshaun Watson next season, Clemson fans. It may be your last chance. According to a Wednesday report by the Associated Press (via, the quarterback, who will be a junior during the 2016 campaign, said “he could leave a season early next year if circumstances are..." January 28

  • Son of Alabama FB battling ALS gets scholarship offer from Dabo Swinney

    CBS Sports "Dabo Swinney's connection to Alabama football are well-documented. His college football career started as a player a Crimson Tide walk-on and his coaching career started in Tuscaloosa as a graduate assistant. During his time as a player at Alabama, Swinney got some help from fullback Kevin Turner,..." January 25

  • Clemson DB Jefferie Gibson, A Former 4-Star, To Transfer

    Tiger Net "Clemson redshirt sophomore safety Jefferie Gibson is transferring according to multiple reports and confirmed by school officials on Wednesday. Gibson played in 12 games this past season and had six total tackles. The Tigers will have Korrin Wiggins, Jadar Johnson, Tanner Muse, Denzel..." January 21

  • Deshaun Watson listed as odds-on favorite to win 2016 Heisman

    Sportsnaut "With the 2015 college football season in the books, it’s never too early to look ahead to 2016. A familiar name, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, is the current Heisman Trophy favorite per Bovada, leading an impressive field. While there aren’t any big surprises, one thing is worth..." January 19

  • Clemson Star DE Shaq Lawson Declares For NFL Draft

    College Spun "Just days after the Clemson Tigers fell short against Alabama in the College Football Playoff Championship game, star defensive end Shaq Lawson has decided to forego his senior season and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft, he announced via Twitter Wednesday afternoon." January 13

  • Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd heading to the NFL

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship Game was Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd's last in a Tiger uniform. Dodd announced Wednesday that he was heading to the NFL. He had three sacks of Alabama quarterback Jake Coker in the Tigers' 45-40 loss. “After speaking with my family,..." January 13

  • Clemson's Wayne Gallman hints at return for 2016 season

    The Score "Led by quarterback Deshaun Watson, Clemson figures to be a major contender for a return trip to the national championship in 2016, and it appears the star pivot's backfield mate Wayne Gallman will be beside him. The draft-eligible redshirt sophomore, who finished the season with 1,527 yards and..." January 13

  • Clemson shifts millions in Vegas with late cover in loss to Alabama

    ESPN "A last-minute touchdown drive by Clemson in Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T didn't mean the difference in the 45-40 loss, but it meant a whole lot to the bettors. When the game kicked off, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook had Clemson as a 6.5-point..." January 12

  • Report: Suspended Deon Cain enrolls in classes, will remain at Clemson

    The Score "Suspended Clemson receiver Deon Cain has enrolled in classes for the spring semester and is remaining with the program, according to ESPN. The freshman standout was sent home prior to the Orange Bowl, along with kicker Ammon Lakip and tight end Jay Jay McCullough, for violating team rules and..." January 12

  • Alabama holds off Watson, Clemson to win national championship, 45-40

    USA Today "He has now won five national titles, staking his claim as arguably the greatest coach of all-time. But Nick Saban has never had to overcome an opponent like this with so much on the line, making all the more impressive what Alabama did Monday night to beat No. 1-ranked Clemson for the College..." January 12

  • Clemson's Shaq Lawson to start national championship

    The Score "Despite battling an MCL sprain, Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson will start Monday's national championship against Alabama, head coach Dabo Swinney announced pregame. Lawson suffered the injury against Oklahoma, and his status had been questionable since." January 11

  • Mackensie Alexander, Shaq Lawson of Clemson both game-time decision vs. Alabama

    ESPN "Clemson All-America cornerback Mackensie Alexander has a hamstring injury and his status is uncertain for the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T, a school spokesman confirmed. Alexander is expected to be matched up against Alabama's best deep threat in Calvin..." January 11

  • Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney made a bet for the national title game

    Fox Sports - College Football "Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney will be extremely focused when Alabama and Clemson face off for the national title on Monday night, with Saban trying to win his fourth championship with the Crimson Tide (fifth overall) and Swinney trying to win his first while building Clemson into a program that..." January 11

  • Las Vegas betting sides with Alabama over Clemson

    ESPN "The public in Las Vegas has sided with the Alabama Crimson Tide, but there's still plenty of support for the underdog Clemson Tigers -- the "sharp side" -- as game day arrives for the College Football Playoff National Championship (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). Alabama is a seven-point favorite and is..." January 11

  • Dabo Swinney Expects Clemson Star Defensive End Shaq Lawson To Play In National Championship

    College Spun "One of the biggest story lines heading into tomorrow night’s national championship between Alabama and Clemson is the status of Tigers’ defensive end Shaq Lawson. The star pass rusher was injured in the semifinal game against Oklahoma, and yesterday, he estimated a 60-percent chance that he would..." January 10

  • Clemson's Shaq Lawson '60 percent chance' of playing on Monday

    CBS Sports "Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson said Saturday there's a 60 percent chance he will play Monday against Alabama as he continues to recover from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee. The health and effectiveness of Lawson is a significant issue to watch for the College Football..." January 10

  • Clemson to discuss contract extension, raise with Dabo Swinney

    ESPN "Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said Saturday that he will begin negotiations on a contract extension and increased salary for coach Dabo Swinney after the national championship game Monday night. The No. 1 Clemson Tigers will play the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in the College..." January 09

  • Brother of Clemson's Dabo Swinney charged with aggravated stalking

    The News-Herald "While one member of the Swinney family will lead Clemson in the national college football championship game, another is in the Bay County Jail on a charge of aggravated stalking, according to court records. Henry “Tripp” Swinney III, 47, was arrested Tuesday after a restraining order was filed..." January 08

  • Clemson granted practice waiver by NCAA, removing 20-hour restriction

    CBS Sports "Are you sitting down? If you aren't, you probably should because the NCAA showed some common sense on Thursday. It granted Clemson a practice waiver that will allow the Tigers to exceed the 20-hour practice limit this week. "We're appreciative of the NCAA working with us in granting this waiver..." January 07

  • Clemson 'very optimistic' Shaq Lawson will play in championship

    The Score "Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson suffered a knee injury in the Orange Bowl, but the ailment doesn't appear serious enough to keep him out of the national championship against Alabama. "So far, so good," head coach Dabo Swinney said Monday. "Very optimistic that he'll be able to..." January 04

  • NC receiver Diondre Overton commits to Clemson

    The State "Wide receiver Diondre Overton of Greensboro, N.C., announced a commitment Sunday night to Clemson during the Semper Fidelis All American Bowl in Carson, Calif. Overton (6-5, 195) picked the Tigers over the NC State. He also strongly considered Tennessee and Nebraska as he went through the..." January 04

  • Alabama vs. Clemson officially the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff Championship matchup

    SB Nation "The College Football Playoff National Championship is set: No. 1 Clemson will play No. 2 Alabama for the title. Clemson booked its ticket to the Championship by dominating No. 4 Oklahoma en route to a 37-17 win in the Orange Bowl. The Sooners were leading a tight game 17-16 at halftime, but the..." January 01

  • Clemson suspends WR Deon Cain, 2 others, reportedly over drug tests

    Fox Sports "The Clemson Tigers are the top seed in the College Football Playoffs because they have yet to lose this season. Until Tuesday. According to multiple reports, the top-ranked Tigers lost three players from their roster, sending them home from the Orange Bowl for allegedly failing drug..." December 30

  • Professor: Deshaun Watson worth 'well beyond $2M' to Clemson

    The Post and Courier "The Clemson football program has already won the publicity national championship for 2015. The undefeated Tigers were No. 1 wire-to-wire over the six weeks of the College Football Playoff rankings, hosted the ESPN “GameDay” crew and made three Sports Illustrated covers and the Heisman Trophy..." December 26

  • The nation's No. 1 QB flips to Clemson

    247 Sports "High five-star 2017 quarterback Hunter Johnson has decommitted from Tennessee and has given his pledge to Clemson, his family tells 247Sports. 247Sports ranks Johnson as the No. 1 quarterback in the country in his class and the No. 11 player overall. Johnson visited the Tigers campus on..." December 15

  • Five-star DT Dexter Lawrence chooses Clemson

    College Spun "Wake Forest (N.C.) five-star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence announced his commitment to Clemson moments ago during a ceremony at his school. Lawrence picked the Tigers over Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, USC, Tennessee, N.C. State and North Carolina." December 14

  • Clemson pass rusher Shaq Lawson plans to go pro

    CBS Sports "Clemson redshirt junior pass rusher Shaq Lawson has elected to skip his senior season and enter the 2016 NFL Draft, according to FOX 26 Sports in Houston. “I'm going to declare for the draft,” Lawson said. “I sat down with my family, sat down with the support staff at Clemson. I enjoyed being..." December 09

  • Jayron Kearse of Clemson leaning toward entering 2016 draft "Clemson junior Jayron Kearse is leaning toward applying for early eligibility in the 2016 NFL Draft. Kearse is a safety with freakish measurables (6-foot-5, 220 pounds), and has told multiple sources of his expectation, according to NFL Media's Rand Getlin. Kearse is the nephew of former..." December 08

  • Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey, Deshaun Watson are Heisman finalists

    USA Today "The Heisman Trophy race appears to be coming down to a choice among a player who does one thing extraordinarily well two other players who are exceptional in multiple ways. Alabama’s Derrick Henry leads the country in rushing with 1,986 yards, carries with 339 and rushing touchdowns with 23. He..." December 08

  • Clemson WR Mike Williams out for playoffs but will return in 2016

    College Football Talk "The Clemson Tigers were awarded the top seed in the upcoming College Football Playoff. That playoff run will have to be done without wide receiver Mike Williams. On Sunday, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said Williams will not play in Clemson’s postseason games but does intend on returning to the..." December 07

  • Clemson, Alabama, Michigan St., Oklahoma play for title

    CBS Sports "Three months of college football and six weeks of rankings are now in the books as we now know the four teams set to compete in for the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship. Undefeated at 13-0, Clemson claimed the No. 1 spot and celebrated their tremendous season with 20,000 fans..." December 06

  • Clemson is No. 1 in Big Ten-heavy penultimate Playoff ranking

    USA Today "Clemson maintained its five-week hold on the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff selection committee top 25 ranking, and the Big Ten is holding down the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots this week. The top four remained the same from last week, with Alabama at No. 2, Oklahoma at No. 3 and Iowa at No...." December 01

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