CLEMSON, S.C. - Finally some good news at Clemson.
Coach Tommy West reinstated receiver Tony Horne on Tuesday, stating the wide receiver's punishment for a violation of team rules has been served.
"He's paid the price for making those mistakes," said West, whose Tigers (1-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) plays host to Wake Forest (2-2, 0-2) at Death Valley on Saturday at noon. "We have certainly punished him for his actions."
Horne, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior from Rockingham, N.C., was Clemson's second-leading receiver in 1995. He caught two passes for 7 yards in the season-opening 45-0 loss to North Carolina on Aug. 31.
He did not play in the victory over Furman and was officially suspended indefinitely on Sept. 16, which caused him to miss the 38-24 loss to Missouri on Saturday, even though he traveled with the team. Horne has been practicing with the first team offense for the past week.
"Tony is our most experienced receiver," West said. "He certainly helps our depth at that position."
Horne's addition should certainly help Clemson's stagnant offense. The Tigers are averaging only 14.3 points and are second to last in the league in total offense (257 yards) and last in passing offense (113.3 yards).
"This gives us another weapon in our arsenal," junior receiver Kenya Crooks said. "This is good for the team. We'll be able to stretch defenses better with Tony in there. He is an important part of this team."
West's reinstatement of Horne came one day after it was discovered that freshman linebacker Idris Price, one of Clemson's top recruits, was not eligible by university standards, even after being cleared by the NCAA clearing house.
Price, a 6-2, 205-pounder, was listed as a backup outside linebacker even though he hasn't played a down this season. He has left school and returned home to Norwalk, Conn.
West said Price will have the opportunity to retake the SAT and try to become eligible at Clemson, or sign with another school.
"He left very disappointed," West said. "He was crushed over this. This young man wanted to go to school here from the get-go. You can bet he's bitter."
Price's mother, Lynn, told The (Columbia) State that she did not want him returning to the Tigers. "He will not be going back to Clemson, no matter what," she said.