Clemson releases statement following allegations made against the school in FBI federal court case
Clemson basketball assistant Steve Smith may not have been a name you recognized before Thursday but he’s generated some bad press for the school thanks to his involvement in the FBI’s federal case into the corruption of college athletics.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, while Smith is a basketball assistant, a job he has held since 2012, he appears to have unwittingly drug Dabo Swinney’s football program into the case. If you missed it, Matt Norlander of CBS Sports is in court and tweeting out information as it is shared. The nugget from Smith came as he was allegedly discussing potential payments to former high school basketball star Zion Williamson.
“That’s why football is so successful, is if you do it and use resources at Clemson, like you can really keep everything tight,” Smith said on the video wiretap, according to Norlander.
Following this news, Clemson has been quick to issue the following statement:
“We are aware of the developments in federal court today involving one of our men’s basketball assistant coaches. We take this matter seriously and will immediately conduct a review.”
It’s not clear if Clemson is referring to any potential violations with the basketball program, the allegations against the football program or both. Either way, expect there to be more to this story one way or another in the coming days and weeks.