CLEMSON – Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney said star receiver Sammy Watkins’ punishment will likely include missing game action, one of a number of topics Swinney covered in a brief media opportunity Tuesday.
Swinney declined to announce his plans for Watkins’ punishment Tuesday other than to say Watkins will likely miss some gametime following Watkins’ arrest last month on drug charges.
“Is there a chance he doesn’t miss any time? Probably not,” Swinney said. “I’m not going to make any decision until we get closer to playing time and the main reason for that is Sammy has a process he has to deal with; some things he has to fulfill this summer. A lot of that is going to depend on how he responds and so far he has hit a home run in every category of how he has responded to this situation.”
Watkins is expected to be accepted into a pre-trial intervention program that if completed successfully drops charges for first-time offenders. Watkins also has to go through a university process.
In addition to addressing his star receiver’s status, Swinney said former Clemson running back Mike Bellamy could return to the program if he has a productive junior college showing. And when addressing rumors about Clemson’s interest in the Big 12, Swinney said it would be the “worst thing” Clemson could do as a program and makes “zero sense.”
Swinney said the Internet rumors of Clemson’s interest in moving to the Big 12 have been “frustrating” to deal with as he has had to reassure recruits that Clemson is committed to the ACC.
“I think there has been a lot of irresponsible blogging and reporting whatever you want to call it,” Swinney said. “We live in this world (where) somebody hears something from the guy in the third stall down and it’s like, ‘OK it’s fact.’ It’s so far from reality it’s not even funny. We’re 1,000 percent committed to the ACC.”