Five days after abruptly getting his walking papers from South Carolina, Victor Hampton has just as abruptly been welcomed back to the football program.
According to multiple media outlets, the defensive back has been reinstated to the Gamecocks. There was no reason given for the about-face, which came after Hampton had been dismissed late last week for violating unspecified team rules.
A school spokesperson confirmed to the Associated Press that Hampton was back with the Gamecocks following a meeting with head coach Steve Spurrier. By way of WIS-TV in Columbia, the meeting also reportedly included Hampton’s parents as well as a new “conduct contract” that the cornerback had to sign as part of his return to the program.
Hampton was notified that South Carolina wasn’t renewing his scholarship earlier this week. At the end of the spring semester, the Gamecocks coaching staff had Hampton sign a contract with guidelines that he needed to follow in order to remain on scholarship with the Gamecocks. Hampton violated this multiple times.
Hampton, Spurrier and his parents all agreed on a new contract and according to sources, he signed this and will be held to it.
The redshirt freshman was listed as a backup corner on the Gamecocks’ post-spring depth chart. He did not play at all in 2010.