CLEMSON -- Two charter buses awaited the Clemson football team after practice Friday as the Tigers prepared to travel to Bamberg to attend a visitation for Dennis Bowers, the father of defensive end Da'Quan Bowers. Dennis Bowers died last Sunday.
The team will hold its second scrimmage of the summer today.
While the circumstances are difficult, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney hopes the trip can serve as a bonding experience for the team.
"Any time you spend together as a team away from the field, I think you have the opportunity to grow closer together," Swinney said. "We try to do things like that from time to time.
"It's an unfortunate thing. We were actually going to have a different team outing today, but one of our family members is hurting so we are going to try to embrace him and bring him up."
Bowers has not practiced since his father's death last weekend.
Spiller's number to be retired
Clemson will retire C.J. Spiller's No. 28 during the Maryland game Oct. 16. Buffalo, which drafted Spiller ninth overall in April, has an open date that weekend.
"We talked about doing it in the spring, but I think he needs to be embraced in Death Valley," Swinney said. "That's where he's done his magic. He's one of the best that's ever been here."
Spiller will join Steve Fuller (No. 4) and Banks McFadden (No. 66) as Clemson players to have their numbers retired.
Receiver Bryce McNeal (sprained ankle) might be held out of today's scrimmage, after suffering what is being described as a minor injury Friday. Cornerback Coty Sensabaugh will be held out with a foot sprain. Safety DeAndre McDaniel (hip) returned to practice Friday.
Swinney began Thursday night's practice with a talk from motivational speaker Butch Lumpkin, a nine-handicap golfer who has deformed hands and arms.
Lumpkin had Kyle Parker, Spencer Benton and Swinney take some hacks with a driver, with Swinney and Parker debating over who had the longest drive.