Originally created 12/08/00

Clemson players indicted



CLEMSON, S.C. - Two Clemson players and two students have been indicted by a federal grand jury in what police say was a scheme to make counterfeit money with a computer.

Freshman defensive tackle Paul White Jr. and junior wide receiver Eugene Koon were charged with the conspiracy to commit counterfeit, a felony.

Both players, who were used sparingly this season, have been suspended from the team by coach Tommy Bowden, pending the outcome of the university's judicial review.

University police assisted the U.S. Secret Service investigation of a currency counterfeiting complaint in August, when computer equipment was seized from two university residences halls. No charges were filed then.

Clemson University Police Chief Lonnie Saxon said the Secret Service informed him of the Nov. 28 indictment.

Clemson students Nabil Salman, a freshman from Simpsonville, S.C., and Ciro Piccirillo, a sophomore from Southport, N.C., have also been charged.

Salman and Piccirillo face the more serious charges, up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Koon and White could receive up to five years in prison if convicted.

Koon played in three games this season with no catches in 15 plays. White played in five games and 58 plays this season, making eight tackles.