Athletic Director Speaks About Field Security

Athletic Director Speaks About Field Security

Nov. 25, 2002

Clemson University Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips has issued a statement concerning incidents that took place on Frank Howard Field following the football game between Clemson University and the University of South Carolina on November 23, 2002. Two people were injured when fans removed the goalposts at the east end of the stadium.

An Anderson County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy suffered a broken collarbone and injured ribs. A Clemson student was treated and released Sunday morning after suffering a mild concussion.

“We express deep regret for any injuries that took place on the field after the game last Saturday evening,” said Phillips. “We take this matter very seriously. Clemson will do everything in its power to assure the safety of its fans, students, coaches, players and security personnel at all future athletic events.

“In the off-season Clemson University will examine all issues regarding the long-standing practice of people coming on the field immediately after the game. We will work to preserve our traditions, but we will take the necessary steps to maximize the overall safety for our fans and personnel who work the game. A plan will be developed, communicated and implemented prior to next football season.”