Jan. 16, 2007
AN OPEN LETTER TO Duane Coleman
As part of my reflection on the 2006-07-football season, this is written to a young man that has made significant strides in his life.
As you know, a heartbreaking situation occurred with Duane Coleman that resulted in his suspension from the Music City Bowl. No one was more heartbroken than Duane. He understood and fully accepted the consequences of what occurred and knows that there is accountability for our individual actions.
Nonetheless, this column is written to express our deepest feelings and appreciation to Duane for the very significant progress he has made in his life. Even in light of what occurred, he developed in ways that we should be proud. He has always been a great competitor – but, he has shown that he has quality leadership skills and is a caring person. I sensed he was greatly missed at the bowl game, both on the field and on the sidelines. I believe he will continue to grow, learn from his mistakes, and have a successful life. Duane is a good man with a good heart.
Regardless of what happened, you sensed how people felt toward Duane when the audience gave him a warm ovation as he received his Clemson degree and walked across the stage to shake President Barker’s hand.
Bottom line – Duane, we feel strongly about you, and we’re here for you.
In Solid Orange,Terry Don PhillipsDirector of Athletics
P.S. Again, I’m grateful to all of our 2006 seniors. They are truly fine young people that have represented our University in class fashion.
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