ACC Football: Clemson runs afoul of fashion police

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 10, 2009

Associated Press
CLEMSON, S.C. ó Clemson has run afoul of the NCAA fashion police.
The Tigers were docked two preseason practices for wearing improper attire at its first two workouts last week.
NCAA rules say players can only wear jerseys and shorts during the five-day acclimatization period. However, the Tigers wore long, compression shorts with padding on the top, referred to as girdles. Pictures of Clemson players in the improper shorts are on the school’s athletic Web site.
Coach Dabo Swinney says the team did not knowingly break the rule, considered a secondary violation by the NCAA. A second practice scheduled for Monday was canceled. The Tigers will work out just once Friday after orginally scheduling two sessions.
Swinney referred to the matter as “Girdlegate.”
Athletic spokesman Tim Bourret said no other penalties are involved.