Clemson sophomore linebackerDeAndre McDaniel will be allowedto play as long as he meets theterms of a pretrial interventionprogram set forth by the 13thCircuit Solicitor’s Office, the schoolannounced Friday.
McDaniel was placed on whatthe school termed “deferredsuspension,” which was recommendedby coach Tommy Bowdenand approved by both athleticsdirector Terry Don Phillips anduniversity president James Barker.
McDaniel is expected to sharesnaps at strong-side linebacker intonight’s game against Alabamawith starter Scotty Cooper.He was charged in June withassault and battery of a high andaggravated nature after an altercationwith his then-girlfriend athis apartment.
“The university and athleticdepartment have carefully consideredall the information availablethrough the student judiciaryprocess and in consultation withthe Solicitor’s Office to arrive atthis decision,” Barker said in aprepared statement. “I am confidentwe have taken all the appropriatemeasures, and I support thisdecision.”
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The alleged victim, 19-year-oldAbra Weeks, did not give her sideof the story in front of the studentjudiciary board, which could havethen been used as testimony in ajury trial. Weeks signed off onallowing McDaniel to enter PTI toresolve the matter.
Traffic update. Due to major laneclosures scheduled on the DowntownI-75/I-85 Connector inAtlanta, fans are encouraged totake MARTA to tonight’s game.Motorists traveling into the city arestrongly urged to park at anoutlying MARTA station and ridethe train into downtown to avoidthe construction zone. For $1.75each way, customers can take theEast/West rail line to theDome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNNCenter Station (W1) and walkdirectly into the Georgia Domeand to Centennial Olympic Park.Customers taking the North/Southrail line will need to transfer to theWest Line at the Five Points railstation and travel one stop to theDome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNNCenter Station.