CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee will miss Saturday night’s game against Louisiana Tech, staying with his family following the death of his younger sister, Ella, this week.
Bresee played in the Tigers’ win over Furman last week, and then left to be with his family. Ella Bresee, 15, died Thursday of brain cancer. There will be a service celebrating her life in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Tuesday.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney left the door open for Bresee to play, but said he had more important issues than football this week. Bresee will remain with his family, according to Clemson football spokesman Ross Taylor.
The younger Bresee had been an inspiration for No. 5 Clemson (2-0) and her brother during her 17-month fight with cancer. Swinney said Ella was a sweet spirit who taught him much.
“I am stronger today for having experienced Ella’s strength and courage,” he said.