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Clemson, SC-Clemson linebacker Cortney Vincent will not return for the 2008 season. A starter in 2007 when he helped Clemson to a top 10 ranking in total defense and scoring defense, Vincent had been suspended for spring practice for a violation of team rules. Monday, Head Coach Tommy Bowden announced that Vincent would not return in the fall.

"I had suspended Cortney Vincent for spring practice for a violation of team rules," said Bowden. "We outlined some goals for Cortney this spring. While he would have been academically eligible to compete this year, he did not meet these goals during the spring semester."

Vincent would have been a fifth-year senior at Clemson this fall. For him to continue his college career this fall he will have to transfer to Division II or Division III school.

Vincent ranked sixth on the Clemson team in tackles last year with 68. He started 12 of the 13 games and had seven tackles for loss and two sacks. He had a career high nine tackles in the victory over Louisiana-Monroe. With Vincent's departure, Clemson will now have seven returning starters on defense.

- from TigerNet
Wow. It must have been a doozie. I can't imagine the "goals" were that stringent. I'm assuming they were behavioral in nature since he was academically eligible.
That's a good question. I don't know how pivetal is was to Clemson but I know that anytime you lose a starter who happens to also be a 5th year senior it's at the least a moderate loss.
BamaFan615 said:
Never heard of the guy, but it sounds like he was atleast a decent player for their defense. Does anyone have any insight about how "key" Vincent was to their defense?

He started 12 of their 13 games last year. I believe he was suspended for a quarter of their bowl game for a DUI charge. In his LB role, he had the most sacks (2 out of the 4...their pressure on the QB comes from their DL, not the LB) and he was sixth on the team in tackles last season although he was third among their 3 LB's. That was last year.

Now, they are looking at 3 new faces (as in starters) on the LB corps.

Bears noting he was suspended for spring camp as well. People around here point to his party life as the reason he's out.
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