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Damiere Byrd cleared by NCAA to return against Auburn

Damiere Byrd

Prior to the start of the season, South Carolina freshman wide receiver Damiere Byrd was slapped with a four-game suspension by the NCAA for accepting $2,700 in benefits from the Student Athlete Mentoring (S.A.M) Foundation during his recruitment.

Despite South Carolina’s attempt to have the NCAA’s ruling reduced, Byrd was required to sit all four games. Today, that suspension has been lifted as the school announced today that Byrd has been cleared to play tomorrow against Auburn.

“I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am for Damiere,” said South Carolina AD Eric Hyman. “Our folks in the department worked tirelessly to address the issues they encountered with Damiere’s situation. With the NCAA’s cooperation, we were able to resolve the issues in a timely manner that will allow him to play on Saturday.”

Byrd’s father, Adrian Byrd, is director of the S.A.M. New Jersey chapter and South Carolina grad, Kevin Lahn, is the program’s chapter.

Lahn was mentioned in the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations  handed to South Carolina earlier this month for his involvement in making improper contact and providing impermissible benefits to recruits.

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6 Responses to “Damiere Byrd cleared by NCAA to return against Auburn”
  1. olskool711 says: Sep 30, 2011 7:45 PM

    $2,700 and a four game suspension.

    The 2 Dutch kids who have been held out all season for Boise? Who knows. Let them rot. If the NCAA is consistent they will make them rot all season and then we will find out they received gatorade enhanced beverages during summer workouts.

    NCAA, BCS, SEC

    You’re pathetic!

    Don’t ever try to act like you have even the slightest bit of integrity or ethics. Pathetic.

  2. bigdinla says: Sep 30, 2011 8:58 PM

    olskool, your stick is tired and weak. The SEC, just like every other conference is about winning football games and making money. Please do not act like SEC fans have ever said otherwise. Besides I see you with this anti-SEC tirades all over this site, yet you never say who you root for. What school do you support? My guess is OSU from your childish ant-SEC rants.

  3. lakesidegator says: Sep 30, 2011 9:55 PM

    bigdinla — I gave you an “up-thumb” for your passion. But, I would like you to remember, for sake of clarity and effectiveness, it is schtick, not stick. Just like smuck, not suck. Lol. All in fun, Brother/;>)

  4. quitcrying says: Sep 30, 2011 10:22 PM

    lakeside – didn’t you mean schmuck, not smuck???? too funny

  5. 1990tiger says: Oct 1, 2011 12:26 AM

    great. add another player to their roster. tomorrow may be a long day…….

  6. lakesidegator says: Oct 1, 2011 7:50 AM

    @quit: that’s what I get for being the smarta$$.

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