NORTH AUGUSTA, SC---Did the Clemson Tigers break the rules when recruiting North Augusta basketball standout Bryan Narcisse? That's the question after a workout that has already resulted in nine North Augusta players losing their high school eligibility next season, but what about Clemson?
According to North Augusta High Principal Kyle Smith and Athletic Director, Mike Snyder, a Clemson basketball assistant coach asked for and was present at a workout on April 11th at the Paul Knox Middle School gym in which Narcisse and a group of his teammates took part. Five days later, Narcisse signed to play basketball at Clemson. The Clemson coach's involvment in the workout would be a direct violation of NCAA by-laws prohibiting tryouts for recruits.
According to the NCAA, there is a lot of gray area involved and an investigation is necessary to determine if anything improper took place.
For Clemson's part, the Sports Information Director says the University is aware of the situation and is looking into it. If a violation is found, the school will report it to either the NCAA or the ACC, depending on the severity.