Clemson lifts Tyson's suspension

January 05, 1991|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Staff Correspondent

COLLEGE PARK -- Clemson forward Sean Tyson was reinstated yesterday by Tigers coach Cliff Ellis after a 2 1/2 -week suspension, but it is unclear whether the senior from Baltimore will play today against Maryland.

In a prepared taped statement, Ellis said Tyson was reinstated on the recommendation of his Clemson teammates and other members of the coaching staff. Tyson had been suspended Dec. 18 for unspecified reasons.

Ellis said Tyson was allowed to return to the team on two conditions: that he go for counseling at the university and that he work hard on the court to get playing time.

"I think Sean has paid his dues," said Ellis. "I think the 2 1/2 -week suspension gave him an understanding of how things have to be done. It's time to put this behind us. How he handles it is Sean's responsibility."

Tyson had appeared in Clemson's first eight games this season. Though used in a reserve role because Ellis thought he was more effective off the bench, Tyson had averaged 10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds.

The suspension, which a school spokesman said yesterday had "nothing to do with drugs, alcohol, nor was he arrested," was only the latest obstacle for the former Dunbar High School star.

After sitting out his first year because of Proposition 48, Tyson was suspended, along with former Tigers star Elden Campbell, at the end of his sophomore year for selling game tickets.

Tyson then missed what would have been his junior year after having his gallbladder removed. He played without problems last year, averaging 8.5 points and a 4.1 rebounds.

"Sean Tyson has been part of this program for five years, and he will graduate in a couple of months," said Ellis. "He appears to be remorseful for the situation that occurred."

Ellis said Tyson was unavailable for comment.

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