Here we are, 22 days before the start of the 2010 season, and the specter of NCAA investigations continue to loom over the sport.
The latest update on various NCAA probes concerns South Carolina and their tight end, Weslye Saunders.
Saunders was interviewed by NCAA investigators last month and, according to The State‘s Joseph Person, is preparing for another sit-down. Person reports that investigators will be in Columbia again this week, possibly as early as Wednesday, and are expected to question the senior for a second time.
The investigation into Saunders is one of the many extensions of the NCAA’s probe into the North Carolina football program, and concerns the various relationships players may or may not have had — or currently have — with agents and/or their associates.
In a statement, USC athletic director Eric Hyman, as he has in the past, said the school would continue to work in tandem with the NCAA. “Upon any request from the NCAA, we will continue to cooperate and assist in any way we can,” Hyman said.
Earlier today, head coach Steve Spurrier, perhaps armed with the knowledge of the upcoming visit from the NCAA, took a thinly-veiled shot at the reputation of UNC assistant John Blake, whose relationship with agent Gary Wichard has reportedly been of great interest to the NCAA.