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ACC: Clemson’s use of laptop during NC State game did not violate rules

'I wish it (officiating) was a lot better,' says State's Doeren

N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren didn't like some of the calls in a 38-31 loss to Clemson. And why did the Tigers have laptops on the sidelines, he asked.
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N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren didn't like some of the calls in a 38-31 loss to Clemson. And why did the Tigers have laptops on the sidelines, he asked.

Clemson’s use of a laptop computer on its sideline during Saturday’s game at N.C. State fell within NCAA rules and will not result in any disciplinary action, an ACC official said Sunday.

ACC spokesperson Amy Yakola said the league accepts Clemson’s explanation that the laptop was only used by a student videographer and not for coaching purposes. The league considers the matter closed.

During his news conference following Clemson’s 38-31 win at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday, N.C. State coach Dave Doeren wondered why Clemson had a laptop on its sideline. He said he was told it was against NCAA rules and asked that the situation be investigated.

According to the NCAA rulebook, motion pictures, any type of film, facsimile machines, videotapes, photographs, writing-transmission machines and computers may not be used by coaches for coaching purposes any time during the game or between periods.

Clemson spokesman Joe Galbraith said the team’s video staff has used a laptop on the sideline during road games for at least the last two and a half years without any complaints prior to Saturday. Its purpose is to quickly transmit still photographs and video highlights for use on the school’s social media platforms.

“That individual has no contact with coaches or student-athletes during the game,” Galbraith said Saturday night.

Boos, trash and spit followed Riley Johnson and his officiating crew as they hastily exited the field at Carter-Finley Stadium after NC State's loss to Clemson on Saturday night, Nov. 4, 2017. The N.C. State police are looking for individuals in t

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