Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced Tuesday the suspension of four players - all potential starters - for the Tigers' 2014 season opener at Georgia on August 30.
“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 - the first game. I'm hopeful that they will learn and grow from this and have a great 2014 season on and off the field.”
During his pre-spring practice press conference on Tuesday, Swinney said there no arrests involved in the situations that led to the suspensions.
"They're not criminals or anything like that," Swinney said. "These four guys could come babysit my kids tonight. When you've got 120 young people, things are going to happen sometimes, and discipline comes with the territory and is part of my job.
"I'd rather lose every game and get fired doing things right than to cut corners to win."