CLEMSON, S.C., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Linebacker Eric Sampson, who was suspended from the team at the end of last season, has rejoined the football team at Clemson.
At the time, Coach Tommy Bowden said Sampson was "permanently dismissed" for violating team rules.
"Since I announced Eric's suspension in early December, I was presented some additional information in January concerning a situation he was involved in that made me open to the possibility of allowing his return to the team," Bowden said. "He came back to school for the second semester with no guarantees and has done all we have asked academically and in other areas in the seven months since then."
"Since January, I have worked hard to get my academics in line and I am anxious to make a contribution to this team by working my way back into the lineup."
Sampson, a rising junior, was a starter in all 12 regular season games last year as a linebacker. He was fourth on the team in tackles as a sophomore with 79.