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Report: NCAA looking into Gamecocks TE Saunders

With the NCAA’s probe into the North Carolina football program still very much in the news, the governing body of collegiate athletics is also reportedly looking into a member of the South Carolina Gamecocks for the very same reason.

Impermissible dealings with the bane of the NCAA, player agents.

According to The State, an NCAA investigator was in Columbia last week interviewing South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders regarding his relationship with an agent.

The paper reports that it’s believed the Saunders questioning is tied to the North Carolina investigation, although no specifics were given connecting the two.

The Tar Heels probe is seemingly focused on players with eligibility remaining allegedly receiving illegal benefits from an agent or agents.

Saunders, who was suspended earlier this year for violating unspecified team rules, was third on the team last season 32 receptions.

UPDATED 2:09 p.m. ET: According to ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad, Saunders is good friends with North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who is reportedly a central figure in the NCAA’s look into the Tar Heels program.

Schad writes on his Twitter page that Saunders said he’s not sure how much trouble he’s in, and that the NCAA wants to know who paid for a trip the tight end took to South Florida this offseason.

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6 Responses to “Report: NCAA looking into Gamecocks TE Saunders”
  1. overratedgators says: Jul 18, 2010 3:45 PM

    “Saunders said he’s not sure how much trouble he’s in”
    Is it me, or does that sort of sound like an admission of guilt? (i.e., “I screwed up, but I’m still not sure how badly I’m going to get punished.”) Not trying to prematurely judge Saunders here, but still, it’s an interesting statement.

  2. Football Fan says: Jul 18, 2010 6:52 PM

    Sure sounds like it. I hope the NCAA busts all of these crooked agents!!

  3. blitz4848 says: Jul 20, 2010 10:50 AM

    NCAA can’t do anything to agents. North Carolina needs laws like Florida where they jail these scum bags…ie see Tank Black his new number is 23875635243748–he plays for the Raiford prison team–lol

  4. Pass (the loot) Interference: Agents Contact With Players Rampant? « sportfanatics says: Feb 6, 2011 1:00 AM

    [...] It seems to have now jumped to South Carolina, as TE Wesley Saunders, who is friends with Austin, has been interviewed by the NCAA. Saunders and Austin allegedly compared notes about ‘interviewing’ potential agents. [...]

  5. Pass (the loot) Interference: Agents Contact With Players Rampant? « sportsalltheway says: Jun 11, 2011 5:01 AM

    [...] It seems to have now jumped to South Carolina, as TE Wesley Saunders, who is friends with Austin, has been interviewed by the NCAA. Saunders and Austin allegedly compared notes about ‘interviewing’ potential agents. [...]

  6. Pass (the loot) Interference: Agents Contact With Players Rampant? « thelifeofsports says: Jul 27, 2011 5:03 PM

    [...] It seems to have now jumped to South Carolina, as TE Wesley Saunders, who is friends with Austin, has been interviewed by the NCAA. Saunders and Austin allegedly compared notes about ‘interviewing’ potential agents. [...]

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