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Report: NCAA Looking At Saunders, Not Carolina

News broke last Friday morning that NCAA investigators had been in Columbia and had asked about the living arrangements of three Gamecock football players residing at an off-campus hotel.

One of the players living at the Whitney Hotel — tight end Weslye Saunders — had already been under NCAA scrutiny for possible involvement with an agents or agents.

Today, South Carolina site TheBigSpur.com reports that multiple sources have told them that the two investigators who visited the Palmetto State last week were “focused squarely on tight end Weslye Saunders and not the Gamecock program as a whole.”

(We pause here for Carolina fans to sigh with relief.)

Sources told the site that “USC’s compliance office was aware of the players’ living arrangements and had cleared the players to move in to the hotel.”

However, The State reported over the weekend that a USC “athletic department official told at least one of the players to move out of the hotel.”  Is this a case of just being safe?  Of has someone at Carolina found that the players might have received a discounted rate from the hotel?

Steve Spurrier was coy when asked Saturday if he’d asked anyone to leave the hotel.  “Maybe some (left), maybe not.  Some stayed, some go.”  Oh.

Along with Saunders, Jarriel King (offensive lineman) and Travian Robertson (defensive lineman) live at the Whitney.

“As long was the guys pay their bills, they’re OK,” Spurrier told The State.  “But obviously they can’t live there for free.”

For the time being, Spurrier continues to allow Saunders to practice with his team.  He also sounds confident that the NCAA’s look around campus won’t turn up any skeletons in the Ol’ Ball Coach’s closet.

“Anyone can poke around our program.  We don’t have anything to hide.  Poke on everything — the hours we practice and train.  They can poke everything we do.  And our compliance people poke, too.”

In an age when hard-to-control agents, boosters and fans can get players into trouble, it might not be wise for Spurrier to invite scrutiny… even if he feels he’s running a tight ship.  Most schools find that when the NCAA comes around, somebody does indeed get poked.

 


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  1. [...] tight end Weslye Saunders.  You might also recall that when this story first broke last August, Steve Spurrier said: “Anyone can poke around our program.  We don’t have anything to hide.  Poke on [...]

  2. [...] practice and train.  They can poke everything we do.  And our compliance people poke, too.”That’s what Spurrier said when the Whitney story first broke last August.  And as we said at the time, “most schools [...]



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