Any perspective on how big of a deal this is? Obviously a letter of allegations is never a good thing, but penalty-wise, where do you see this coming out? UNC, GT, and OSU have all vacated wins recently. Do you see the same happening for SC?
I know the headline number is $47,000, but I wonder how accurate that really is ... I may be biased here, but don't you think that anyone with a bit of brain would negotiate a lower rate at a hotel for an extended stay? Especially in a non-destination city like Columbia during a weak economic environment? I just wonder if the "real" discount was much, much lower. Not sure that it matters, but I am curious.
Where do you see this one going?
Gamecock in ATL...
It doesn't look good, certainly. When you're talking about multiple athletes and a total of almost $50,000 that's pretty big stuff. Also, just what impermissible benefits did two Carolina boosters provide to prospects?
On the surface, this smells like scholarship reductions and a probationary period. But we don't have all of the details yet and Carolina will still have a day in NCAA court to defend itself.
But it's not good.
Thanks for reading,