Clemson CB Coleman arrested, bowl status in doubt

Clemson cornerback Duane Coleman's availability for the Dec. 29 Gaylord Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., is in doubt after the senior was arrested Wednesday for simple possession of marijuana.

Coleman, the Tigers' fourth-leading tackler with 81 tackles and one interception, was arrested Wednesday by Seneca (S.C.) Police, according to Laura Smith, a dispatcher with the police department.

Coleman was held overnight at the Oconee County Detention Center in
Walhalla and released Thursday on a personal recognizance bond.

In a statement released by Clemson on Wednesday night, Tigers coach Tommy Bowden said "any suspension or discipline in this matter will be determined after I have reviewed the facts and have met with Duane."

If Coleman doesn't play against Kentucky in the bowl game, the Tigers would likely start either redshirt freshman Chris Chancellor or true freshman Crezdon Butler.

Coleman, who was dismissed from the team in the spring of 2005 and later reinstated, was scheduled to graduate Thursday.

Mark Schlabach covers college football and men's college basketball for ESPN.com. You can contact him at schlabachma@yahoo.com.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.