Jan 11, 2014; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney is presented with the 2014 Orange Bowl trophy during half time of the game against the Duke Blue Devils at J.C. Littlejohn Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson Tigers suspend four players for season-opening rematch with Georgia


The 2014 college football season is still months away, but one of the more anticipated match ups in the opening week is the rematch between the Clemson Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, a rematch of the game that kicked off last season in which Clemson got the win in Death Valley. If Clemson is to replicate last year’s outcome, though, they’ll have to do so without four players that have been suspended by head coach Dabo Swinney.

Swinney announced on Tuesday that guard David Beasley, tackle Shaq Anthony, defensive back Garry Peters and defensive end Corey Crawford will miss the game as they’ve been suspended for a violation of team rules.

“I am disappointed to announce that these young men will miss the 2014 opener at Georgia,” Swinney said. “A huge part of our program is teaching accountability, responsibility and that there are consequences for your actions. These are four good young men, but they broke a team rule and as a result, they will each miss a game. I am hopeful that they will learn and grow from this and have a great 2014 season on and off the field.”

Already having to rebuild a good chunk of their roster that has made them so successful the past few seasons, this doesn’t bode well for the Tigers’ chances of walking out of Georgia with a win.

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