The football player is the sole guardian for his younger brother, and Clemson and the ACC sought a waiver from normal NCAA guidelines that prevent student-athletes from receiving gifts, cash or other benefits not available to the general student population.
"Once the NCAA became aware of the circumstances, we
immediately began working with the Atlantic Coast Conference and
Clemson University to address this unique situation," said Kevin
Lennon, NCAA vice-president of membership services.
benefit rules are designed to ensure student athletes do not receive
financial or other benefits that are not readily available to all
students. If there is a special circumstance, like this case, the
institution and conference may seek a waiver. Despite erroneous media
reports, the process worked exactly as designed. We believe this
solution is in the best interests of all involved."
McElrathbey will be allowed to receive assistance from
university staff and family related to local transportation and child
care for his younger brother. A trust fund may be established to
coordinate financial contributions to cover their normal living
"We are very pleased with the decision handed down by the
NCAA as it relates to Ramon McElrathbey," said ACC Commissioner John
D. Swofford. "From the beginning we felt this was a unique situation
that deserved compassion and special consideration.
"We are very grateful to the Atlantic Coast Conference and
the NCAA for their assistance in this matter," said Terry Don
Phillips, Clemson's director of athletics. "We had to follow a
procedure and the ACC and NCAA were sensitive to the unique situation.
"While there are certain aspects of this waiver that can take
effect immediately, like transportation for Fahmarr to school, we are
in the process of establishing a trust that will support him in some
basic needs. As soon as the trust is established we will release the