Bowden Announces Dismissals, Suspension

April 4, 2001

Clemson, SC – Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden announced two team dismissals and one suspension after practice Wednesday.

“Paul White and Tyronne Dickerson have been dismissed from the team and Marcus Lewis has been suspended indefinitely,” said Bowden. “Marcus Lewis is a first-time offender and I want to see how extensively he was involved after the police review the case before making a final decision.

“I am certainly disappointed. We review these things with the players after every practice, after every game. It is a loss to our team, but we must put it behind us and go on.”

The players were arrested on Tuesday stemming from several incidents on campus between July 30 and November 30, 2000. Each was charged with five counts of first degree burglary, one count of interference with a fire alarm, and one count of simple larceny.

White played five games and 58 snaps last year. He was credited with eight tackles for the season. He was listed as a second-team defensive tackle heading into spring practice. Lewis played in 11 games as a reserve tackle last year. He was credited with 10 tackles for his 155 snaps of action for the season. He was listed as a second-team defensive end heading into the spring. Dickerson, a walk-on, played in one game last year and made one tackle. He was not listed on the two-deep entering spring practice.