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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gamecock issues

And here I thought I was done writing about South Carolina.

My former newspaper, The State, is reporting that several Gamecock football players owe money to a Columbia hotel, as the NCAA continues to look into whether the players stayed at reduced rates. Head coach Steve Spurrier said as many as six projected starters could miss games if they are ruled to have received improper benefits.

Players have been late to practices this week, or have left early, as they're interviewed in the investigation.

Reports Joe Person:

Multiple sources said some players had been living at the Whitney since the spring while paying a rate of $450 per month. But officials determined players should have been paying about $1,200 a month, and players were told by school officials to pay the difference to the hotel.

For at least two players who had not made any payments, the resolution meant they owed the hotel close to $5,000, according to one of the sources.

As many as 10 players stayed at the hotel over the summer. The projected starters include tight end Weslye Saunders, MLB Rodney Paulk, DT Travian Robertson, S Akeem Auguste, OL Jarriel King and DT Ladi Ajiboye. Cornerback CC Whitlock plays in some nickel and dime situations too.

It's not clear yet whether this will stretch until the Gamecocks' second game of the year, against Georgia. But it's obviously a situation that bears watching.


JRL said...

I can see Ole Ball Coach throwing his visor into the air then proclaiming - I'm outta here - I don't need this.

202dawg said...

On the bright side, I now have my ESPN sign without having to think too hard...


Peter said...

202dawg -


UGAmuffinman said...

How much you wanna bet they all play in the game against us?

*That is, if the school is responsible for handing out the punishment and not the NCAA.

Billy said...

The fact that Saunders has yet to move out as requested by the OBC sends a two possible signals. He knows he's toast over Miami-gate, or he's just really doesn't care if he disrespects the OBC. Either way not good.

UGA69Dawg said...

Zack M lies to CMR and gets kicked off of team. Saunders lies to SOS and get time off from practice. Steve has lost 1. the respect of his playas and 2. the control of his team. This may not end good. Steve has admitted knowing the playa's were staying at the hotel but he said he was unaware of the arrangements. Exactly what is the difference between this and Sneaky Pete Carroll knowing R Bush had a tripped out car but didn't know how he got it. I hope the NCAA doesn't do a Dez Bryant and suspend them later in the season.

Anonymous said...

the correct description of CSS is not "old ball coach" as used by almost everyone,,,the description he used for himself was "head ball coach"...

Anonymous said...

Good ol' Seth...still reveling in writing negative stuff about Carolina. Must suck that USC athletics had you shipped off to Macon, just like Spurrier had your buddy Joe run out of town on a rail. Some idiots will never understand that you don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Anonymous said...

"Zack M lies to CMR and gets kicked off of team. Saunders lies to SOS and get time off from practice."

Wesley lied about missing practice due to being hungover, while your ex-QB lied about committing sexual battery.

Sounds like Rev. Richt has completely lost control of his choirboys in Athens. Congrats on having that 2010 Fulmer Cup pretty much locked up, Buttsniffers.