Clemson DL Lawrence, 2 others officially ruled out of National Championship game
Clemson will have to do without All-American defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence for a second game in a row.
Lawrence, along with freshman tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella, originally failed a drug test prior to the Cotton Bowl. 'B' samples were returned with traces of the banned substance ostarine, which prohibited the three players from playing against Notre Dame in the CFP semi-finals.
"Clemson has been informed by the NCAA that the three student-athletes will be permitted to travel to Santa Clara, Calif., with the team later this week," athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. "As requested by these student-athletes, Clemson filed notices of appeal with the NCAA. We will continue to work with the three impacted student-athletes and their legal representatives over the coming weeks to prepare the appeals. Neither Clemson, Galloway, Giella nor Lawrence anticipate having further comment on this matter until after the appeals have concluded."
The three players will travel with the team to Santa Clara, Calif., when the team leaves on Friday.
The players are facing up to a year suspension, pending appeal.
Clemson plays No. 1 Alabama Monday night at Levi's Stadium in the college football National Championship.