The Atlantic Coast Conference, as a matter of policy, usually does not make public disclosure of sanctions it takes against member universities, Commissioner Bob James said yesterday.
But James declined comment specifically on Clemson, college football's defending national champion. The Washington Post reported in yesterday's editions that the ACC's eight faculty representatives had voted to place Clemson's football program on two years probation, forfeiting its share of conference television revenues both years, for recruiting violations.
It could not be determined whether other sanctions were involved, but the loss of the television money alone could cost Clemson more than $1 million, depending on its success and that of the seven other ACC members.
"There just isn't any way I can comment about that situation at this time," James said from his office in Greensboro, N.C.
James said that there has been no public disclosure by the ACC of any conference disciplinary action for at least a decade. James said there were "several" such penalties imposed. He said it is up to each university to make the sanctions public, if it so wishes.
Neither Bill Lee Atchley, Clemson's president, nor Bill McLellan, its athletic director, could be reached for comment yesterday. On Monday night, Atchley said that he had received a report from the ACC, but was noncommittal when asked whether he had appealed or planned to appeal the action.