Clemson reports NCAA violations

CLEMSON -- Clemson reported 13 NCAA secondary violations on Friday, including two occasions when a head coach's father provided free chiropractic care for a student athlete.

Those violations happened in April and were reported by the coach, who received a letter of admonishment. The athlete's eligibility was reinstated after the cost of treatment was paid and later donated to a charity.

The infraction was categorized as Level II secondary violation, which are reported to the Atlantic Coast Conference and are defined as inadvertent.

Five of the 13 violations were categorized as Level I secondary violations, which are reported directly to the NCAA.

In an August incident, a coach attended an impermissible nonscholastic event. The coach received a letter of reprimand and his number of recruiting evaluations were reduced by half.

The school does not report the names of any staffer who committed an infraction or the sport involved.

Two of the more serious infractions involved businesses using student-athlete images in advertising or photographs for sale. In both cases, students maintained their eligibility because they received no money from their images being used.

One Level I infraction involved an international student and that student's eligibility. No action was taken by the ACC or the NCAA because "Clemson made a good faith effort in certifying the student's eligibility prior to enrollment," according to Clemson's report.

The last Level I violation involved a head coach who took an injured athlete for care and let the athlete stay at the coach's home in September. The coach received a letter of admonishment and the athlete was declared ineligible until the lodging and transportation is repaid.

• HOCKEY -- Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour will have reconstructive surgery on a torn ligament in his left knee and will likely miss the rest of the season.

Dr. Marty Isbell is scheduled to perform the surgery at Rex Hospital at 3 p.m. Friday.

Brind'Amour tore his left anterior cruciate ligament during a collision early in Thursday night's 4-2 victory over Pittsburgh. He entered the game with a team-leading 51 points.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- The Tennessee Titans will slap defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth with a franchise tag by Thursday's deadline, but will keep working to sign the All-Pro to a long-term deal, his agent said.

Agent Chad Speck said he talked with Titans general manger Mike Reinfeldt on Friday and that both sides are working on a long-term contract for Haynesworth. Speck said he doesn't anticipate a deal being completed before the Thursday deadline for teams' to designate franchise player.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Wake Forest has hired Air Force linebackers coach Brian Knorr as an assistant coach.

The position Knorr will be coaching with the Demon Deacons has not been determined. Knorr on Friday became the second assistant hired in a week for coach Jim Grobe. He lost two aides to other jobs since the end of the season.

Knorr spent the past three seasons at Air Force. He coached strong safeties and outside linebackers for two years before switching to inside linebackers last season.

• TENNIS -- Fourth-seeded Andy Murray beat Nicolas Mahut of France 7-5, 7-6 (5) to advance to the semifinals of the Open 13.

Murray will face Paul-Henri Mathieu, who overpowered defending champion Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4 in an all-French match.

In the other semifinal, sixth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis will meet Mario Ancic of Croatia. Baghdatis upended the third-seeded Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 (2), 6-3, while Ancic beat Robin Soderling of Sweden 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2.