Clemson students react to mention of Clemson athletics in corruption trial

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CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – News that a wiretap video involving a Clemson University assistant basketball coach is being used in a federal corruption case has some questioning the integrity of the university’s sports programs.

The news spread quickly on campus Thursday.

“[It’s] not really a surprise,” said Clemson student Zachary Marion. “I feel like it happens at a lot of schools.”

The Clemson football program, which won national championship titles in 1981, 2016 and 2018, is a point of pride. 

“I feel like this happens like everywhere, but it’s kind of like pushed under the rug,” said Clemson student Bryan Cross. “So you don’t like hear about it too much, or like the people [who] aren’t as smart about it…kind of get caught up with it.”

Some feel that the problem of paying student athletes under the table is the result of a broken system. 

“I think that they should allow players to get paid honestly,” Marion said. “I think that would clear up a lot of this.”

But Tiger loyalty runs deep. 

“We really don’t want to say that it’s like true or not when we don’t have all of the evidence,” Cross said. 

The facts will come to light soon. In a statement, the University said it would immediately conduct a review. 

“I just kind of want to see how it plays out before I make any rash statements,” said Clemson student Will Ervin. 

Despite the allegations and the questions they raise, most students 7News spoke with said they’re still all in for the Tigers. 

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