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CLEMSON — The Clemson football team is still awaiting the results of the samples that were sent for testing in the appeal of the NCAA suspensions of tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella.

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The two players, and also former defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, who is no longer a part of the Tigers’ program after declaring for the NFL Draft, tested positive for a banned substance called ostarine during random drug-testing conducted by the NCAA in advance of the Cotton Bowl.

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Since that time, the Tigers have sent for testing everything from the supplements taken to samples of water from the recovery pools. However, they are still awaiting the results of those tests, meaning they must now file for an extension from the NCAA — which Clemson is confident will be granted.

“It will be granted, and we will just have a little more time and an additional 45 days to gather results of information that we are pulling together,” Athletic Director Dan Radakovich said."We are getting ready to ask for and will be granted an extension so that we can continue to build that case.”

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Radakovich said he believes progress has been made, but the process and timing are out of Clemson's control.

“I think (we have made progress), but it is just very slow because it is kind of out of our hands,” Radakovich said. “We have sent some things off to be tested but the results have not come back yet.”

Swinney explains White House trip

Much has been made in recent weeks regarding the Tigers’ trip to the White House during the government shutdown.

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But head coach Dabo Swinney took the opportunity to explain why it happened the way it did and the timing surrounding it during his national signing day press conference last week.

“We were not going to do it in April, May or June. That was a nightmare (last time),” Swinney said. “They wanted to do it in February and that was not going to work at all for anybody or any of our seniors. So we went back and forth and really that Monday was the only day that was the best time for us.

“We had a lot of seniors that already had their flights and different things (booked), so it was a little bit of a different challenge for them. But everybody had an opportunity to go that wanted to go.”

Swinney also addressed reports, which have been refuted by numerous members of the 2019 team, that some of the team’s black players felt pressured to attend the White House trip or risk losing their scholarship.

“I know there were some stories that some people did not go,” Swinney said. “Everybody had an opportunity to go if they wanted to go and if they did not want to go, they did not have to go.

“I am on record. I don’t care who the president is or isn’t. If we win the national championship, and I get invited, I am going,” Swinney said. “It does not matter to me. I am never going to politicize with my role on the team. I think it is a great honor to be invited to the White House.”

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Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004. Now a resident of Orangeburg County, he reports on Clemson sports as a correspondent for The Times and Democrat. He also serves as a co-host of Solid Orange, seen at 11 p.m. Wednesdays on WACH FOX 57 in Columbia.


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