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Jan. 12, 2011

Contrary to published reports and information distributed by the Shrine Bowl, University of South Carolina defensive end Cliff Matthews will not participate in the 86th East-West Shrine Game, the senior captain informed

Matthews indicated that although he was flattered to be invited to participate in the East-West Shrine Game, he has elected to do what is best for him at this time, and that is focus on his school work and prepare for the NFL Combine and subsequent Pro Day in Columbia.

The Shrine game will be held Jan. 22, 2011 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., kicking off at 4 p.m. ET.