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Last month, students at Clemson University fed up with how the university distributes football tickets petitioned to change the process.

One student decided to take his discontent a step further to make sure he'd be on the sidelines at Clemson's game against Auburn - and it worked.

An undergraduate student at Clemson used Photoshop to create a faux ESPN identification badge, according to a story published by The Tab, a website that covers college and youth culture.

He used the name "Rocco Refsnyder" on the pass, though that's not his real name.

The student posted on Snapchat about the badge, which identified him as an operations technician with ESPN, according to The Tab's story. The badge allowed him to clear security at Death Valley and hang out on the sidelines during the game, according to The Tab.

The Tab story also included a screenshot of a text message he sent to a friend in which he explained why he took the risk: "Clemson wouldn't give me any tickets so I had to make a fake ESPN employee badge."

The Clemson student declined an interview request via email and wrote, "I am afraid I do not want anymore stories written about the incident as I would like it to die down."

ESPN also declined to comment.

Joe Galbraith, Clemson's assistant athletic director, said the university is aware of the "Rocco Refsnyder" situation and is looking into it with their operations and facilities teams.

"The one that he made looked nothing like an official credential," Galbraith said.

"We're making sure our security and field personnel are aware moving forward."

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