"Girdle-gate" costs Clemson two practices

By Mandy Mitchell - bio | email

CLEMSON, SC (WIS) - Clemson is in trouble with the NCAA and the football team is losing practice time because of it.

According to NCAA rules, players are only allowed to wear a jersey and shorts during the first five days of practice. Clemson sort of broke that rule.

Someone noticed some Clemson players wearing girdles -- which are pretty much compression shorts -- last week.

The person turned them in, and now the Tigers are paying the price.

"We've got what I call 'girdle-gate' going on around here," said Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney.

Wearing the girdle is a no-no during the first few days of practice according to the ACC and NCAA, so Clemson has agreed to give up two practices this week as punishment.

"Just so you know, it's exactly what we've always worn around here, but for whatever reason it became an issue this year which we didn't know that," said Swinney.

This is a secondary violation, so Clemson will not see any more penalties because of this.

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