Clemson coach Dabo Swinney dismissed freshman Kyrin Priester from the team for "an attitude that is not acceptable to our standard," a move that came out of the blue following practice Wednesday evening.
Though it took Priester a year to arrive at Clemson, the Tigers had high hopes for him when he enrolled in January. The plan was for Priester, Artavis Scott and Demarre Kitt to play as true freshmen. Priester did get into the Georgia game last week, playing on special teams. But in his comments to reporters, Swinney said Priester had "no respect for authority. He's a good kid, just lost his way."
Priester tweeted out:
Walk boldly through the doors God opens for you, and don't become discouraged when He closes one.
— Kyrin Priester (@KyPriester) September 3, 2014
The move does not necessarily impact the receiver group in the short-term. Priester had fallen to third on the depth chart behind Charone Peake and Germone Hopper. Scott and Kitt were already ahead of him. (Kitt finished second on the team in receiving against Georgia with 41 yards on two receptions). But there's little doubt Clemson is losing a talented player in the long term, especially since receiver is an area the Tigers loaded up on last February to help replenish their ranks.
Priester is now the third scholarship player since April to leave the Tigers. Quarterback Chad Kelly was dismissed after the spring game; offensive lineman Shaq Anthony decided to transfer before the season began.
Let's take a whirl around the rest of the ACC:
Brian Fremeau decided to see how Florida State would fare with a schedule from the other Power 5 conferences. Noles fans are not going to like the results.
Georgia Tech is trying to eliminate its fumbling problem.
Louisville safety James Sample emerged as a playmaker Monday night.
Some brutal honestly from Miami's offensive linemen following a dismal performance in Louisville.
Pitt has a lot of big bodies on the offensive line.
North Carolina's suspended players are ready to return this week.
NC State running back Shadrach Thornton reversed course to find happiness.
Syracuse coach Scott Shafer is "disappointed but not discouraged" after Terrel Hunt's punch.
Virginia Tech is pumping noise into practice to prepare for Ohio Stadium.