Clemson University faces ‘unacceptable’ cheating scandal

The NCAA has launched an investigation into the Clemson University football program, according to a report in the Times Free Press. 

The investigation comes after the university admitted last week that its players received illegal benefits while they played on the same team.

The NCAA said in a news release that it was reviewing the situation, which has prompted the investigation. 

“We are aware of allegations of cheating by Clemson University’s football program and we are taking steps to review this matter,” NCAA Commissioner John Swofford said in the statement.

“We have no tolerance for any type of cheating and we will do everything possible to hold those responsible accountable.” 

Clemson said it was the victim of “a significant and systemic” cheating scandal, and it has been under investigation since January.

The university said it has agreed to pay $3 million in penalties and pay $1.25 million in interest to a former football player, who was charged with wire fraud. 

After the allegations were made public, Clemson fired its head football coach, Matt Viator, and fired three of his assistants.

Clemson suspended its four-time national champion quarterback, Dabo Swinney, for the rest of the season after he admitted to having used an improper method to cheat.

Clemson was scheduled to play Texas A&M on Saturday in College Station.