Clemson sophomore linebacker DeAndre McDaniel will be allowed to play as long as he meets the terms of a pretrial intervention program set forth by the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the school announced Friday.
McDaniel was placed on what the school termed “deferred suspension,” which was recommended by coach Tommy Bowden and approved by both athletics director Terry Don Phillips and university president James Barker.
McDaniel is expected to share snaps at strong-side linebacker in tonight’s game against Alabama with starter Scotty Cooper. He was charged in June with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature after an altercation with his then-girlfriend at his apartment.
“The university and athletic department have carefully considered all the information available through the student judiciary process and in consultation with the Solicitor’s Office to arrive at this decision,” Barker said in a prepared statement. “I am confident we have taken all the appropriate measures, and I support this decision.”
The alleged victim, 19-year-old Abra Weeks, did not give her side of the story in front of the student judiciary board, which could have then been used as testimony in a jury trial. Weeks signed off on allowing McDaniel to enter PTI to resolve the matter.
Traffic update. Due to major lane closures scheduled on the Downtown I-75/I-85 Connector in Atlanta, fans are encouraged to take MARTA to tonight’s game. Motorists traveling into the city are strongly urged to park at an outlying MARTA station and ride the train into downtown to avoid the construction zone. For $1.75 each way, customers can take the East/West rail line to the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station (W1) and walk directly into the Georgia Dome and to Centennial Olympic Park. Customers taking the North/South rail line will need to transfer to the West Line at the Five Points rail station and travel one stop to the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station.