CLEMSON, S.C. -- School president Bill Atchley said Tuesday Clemson University is barred from post-season football bowl action for three seasons in Atlantic Coast Conference sanctions that are even tougher than the NCAA penalties announced Monday night.
Atchley's remarks during a crowded news conference followed the NCAA's announcement that it has placed the defending national champions on a two-year probation for about 70 rules violations, most in recruiting.
Atchley also announced disciplinary action against some Clemson officials and supporters and an overhaul of its athletic department.
While promising Clemson will clean up its tarnished athletic image, Atchley criticized ACC officials for penalizing the university 'without benefit of the complete picture.'
'I just don't think they are aware of the innovations and positive steps we plan to take to correct our problems,' he said. 'Clemson can be superior and remain a champion both academically and athletically, and can do it without breaking any rules or regulations. If the NCAA, Clemson and athletics aren't better for having gone through this, then we've wasted a lot of money and time.'
The long-awaited sanctions capped an 18-month probe of the school's football program sparked by two former high school football players from Knoxville, Tenn., who said they were offered cash and other gifts to sign with Clemson.
The NCAA said its two-year probation includes a ban on bowl appearances following the 1982 and 1983 seasons, a reduction from 30 to 20 in the number of scholarships the school can offer in the 1983-84 and 1984-85 school years, and a ban on live television appearances for the next two seasons.
In addition to the NCAA penalty, Atchley said, the ACC has decided not to let Clemson take part in a post-season bowl game following the 1984 season.
The conference penalty also requires Clemson to forfeit its share of football television revenues over the next two seasons, which Atchley estimates could cost the school as much as $400,000.
In addition, Clemson will not be allowed to compete for the ACC football championship for the next two seasons.
Atchley said the reorganization of the athletic department includes splitting up the duties of Athletic Director Bill McClellan.
The reorganization will establish an associate athletic director who will have direct control over football, basketball, recruiting, rules monitoring and budgeting. That leaves McClellan chief responsibility for dealing with business matters, scheduling and fund raising.
In addition, Atchley said he has established a system requiring detailed reports on recruiting and expense accounts.
Atchley refused to name those against whom disciplinary action was taken, but said they include 'those at the top levels of the athletic department.'
Clemson's disciplinary actions include:
-Probations of one to three years with some salary freezes and reductions;
-Prohibitions against recruiting and reassignment to other duties;
-Removal from the football program and written reprimands.
Atchley also said that five people not employed in the athletic program would be forced to sever all connections with the athletic program for periods of two to five years. He said three unnamed players have been declared ineligible for 'very, very minor infractions.' But he said he expects them to be reinstated soon.
The Jervey Athletic Center was mostly deserted Tuesday with the football team on its way to Tokyo, Japan, for a Nov. 27 game against Wake Forest.
Atchley pledged to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that Clemson abides by NCAA and conference rules and said that nationally 'the time has come for college presidents to take greater responsibility for athletics on their campuses.'