Daily News Briefs (November 25, 2002)
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1. [Sports] Eason named first-team All-ACC, defensive teammates join in second team

2. [Sports] Athletic Director speaks about field security

3. [Sports] Tiger swimmers named ACC performers of the week

4. [News] New associate dean for research and graduate studies targets national competitiveness

5. [News] Clemson University, Elementary establish professional development school

6. [Sports] Swimming & Diving concludes effort at Indiana Invitational

7. [Sports] Clemson Rowing Signs Seven in Fall Period

1. Eason named first-team All-ACC, defensive teammates join in second team

Clemson defensive tackle and team leader Nick Eason was named first-team All-ACC on Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sportswriters Association. Three of his defensive teammates, Justin Miller, Bryant McNeal and Brian Mance, were named to the second team.

Clemson did not have any players from its offense on either of the first two teams, but offensive tackle Gary Byrd and placekicker Aaron Hunt were named honorable mention. Clemson linebackers John Leake and Rodney Thomas were also named honorable mention selections.

Eason had 62 tackles, including seven sacks and nine total tackles for loss this year, a key reason Clemson showed great improvement defensively. Clemson gave up just 330 yards per game, an improvement by over 60 yards per game over 2001. Eason's seven sacks were the most by a Clemson defensive tackle since current All-Pro Trevor Pryce had 7.5 in 1996.

Miller, a first-year freshman, missed making the first team by just one first-place vote. Mance missed the first team by just three first-place votes. The Clemson cornerbacks rank one-two in the ACC in interceptions. Miller leads the way with seven, while Mance, a senior, has six. They are also both among the league leaders in passes defensed. Clemson is the only school in the nation with two players with at least six interceptions this year.

McNeal finished the regular season with 64 tackles, fifth on the team, and he paced the club in sacks (8) and tackles for loss (13). His 21 career sacks rank sixth in Clemson history, just ahead of Chester McGlockton.

Byrd was the leader of the Clemson offensive line and paced the team in knockdown blocks this year. Leake led the Tigers in tackles with 153, while Thomas had 152. Both are ranked among the top four in the ACC in tackles per game.

Hunt made 17-21 field goals, best in the ACC on a percentage and on a per game basis, yet was not named to either of the first two teams. He has made 12 of his last 13 field goals heading into the bowl season, including a pair of field goals in the victory over South Carolina.

2. Athletic Director speaks about field security

Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips has issued a statement concerning incidents that took place on Frank Howard Field following the football game between Clemson University and the University of South Carolina on November 23, 2002. Two people were injured when fans removed the goalposts at the east-end of the stadium.

An Anderson County Sheriff's Reserve Deputy suffered a broken collarbone and injured ribs. A Clemson student was treated and released Sunday morning after suffering a mild concussion.

"We express deep regret for any injuries that took place on the field after the game last Saturday evening," said Phillips. "We take this matter very seriously. Clemson will do everything in its power to assure the safety of its fans, students, coaches, players and security personnel at all future athletic events.

"In the off-season Clemson University will examine all issues regarding the long-standing practice of people coming on the field immediately after the game. We will work to preserve our traditions, but we will take the necessary steps to maximize the overall safety for our fans and personnel who work the game. A plan will be developed, communicated and implemented prior to next football season."

3. Tiger Swimmers named ACC performers of the week

Elise Thieler and Rob Kummer were named ACC Swimming and Diving Performers of the Week for the week of Nov. 25, 2002. Thieler and Kummer are the first Tigers to earn the honor this season.

Thieler, a senior from Harbor Township, NJ, won the 100 fly at the Indiana Invitational, posting a personal-best and ACC-leading time of 54.70. Thieler also led the Tigers' 200 and 400 medley relay teams to first-place finishes in both events. Thieler swam a 24.41 split in the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay and a 54.95 split in the butterfly leg of the 400 medley relay. She helped Clemson's 200 free relay team to a second-place finish, swimming a 22.91 split for her leg of the relay.

Kummer, a junior from Fort Wayne, IN, finished first in the 100 fly at the Indiana Invitational posting a season-best time of 49.07 in the event. With this performance, Kummer now holds the ACC's top time for the event this season. He helped lead the Tigers' 400 medley relay team to a first-place finish, posting a 48.95 split time in the butterfly leg of the race. Kummer posted a season-best time of 1:50.23 in the preliminary round of the 200 fly, which was the fastest time recorded in the preliminaries of the event and the second fastest time in the ACC this season.

4. New associate dean for research and graduate studies targets national competitiveness

Capitalizing on creative collaborations will not only solve national problems but help make Clemson more nationally competitive, said R. Larry Dooley, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering and Science.

"We have extraordinarily talented faculty, students and staff at Clemson," said Dooley. "Even so, a single faculty member wouldn't necessarily have the individual expertise to land a multi-million dollar research contract, but a group would. Group dynamics also bring incredible creativity and synergy to the research process, allowing researchers to see the problem in unexpected ways and so find unexpected solutions."

"Truly, the sum is much stronger than the individual parts," said Dooley. Interdisciplinary teamwork has put Clemson in the forefront of national fiber and fill research with its Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Film, the only one of its kind in the nation.

Ultimately, such collaborations will strengthen the state's economy by attracting industries that will pay higher salaries and raise the quality of life for South Carolinians. The collaborative emphasis has already landed Clemson recognition as a national photonics center that could become a catalyst for regional industrial growth. Partnerships, both within the university and with industry and government, are helping make Clemson an automotive engineering powerhouse that could make the Upstate a hub for automotive manufacturing and research.

Dooley took over as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering and Science following a national search earlier this year. The former chairman of the bioengineering department filled the vacancy left when former associate dean Chris Przirembel was named Clemson's new vice president for research. Dooley's own areas of research include virtual-reality surgery; biomedical instrumentation; microstructural engineering of materials; computer-aided prosthetic implant design; computational modeling and advanced manufacturing techniques such as rapid prototyping technology.

5. Clemson University, Elementary establish professional development school

Clemson University and Clemson Elementary School are combining needs and resources to create a unique learning atmosphere that mixes elementary and college students.

The Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University, in conjunction with the state Department of Education, has established a professional development school at Clemson Elementary. The idea is based on a practice familiar to medical schools. Clemson University students will meet at the elementary school for a college class, then move into the classrooms to pra

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