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South Carolina self-imposes scholarship reduction in NCAA response

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A few months ago, the NCAA handed South Carolina a Notice of Allegations following an investigation into impermissible benefits handed to 12 student-athletes from May 2009 through Oct. 2010. The school had until today to respond to that NOA.

And, as expected, South Carolina has responded with a lengthy letter to the NCAA agreeing with all three allegations, including the failure to sufficiently monitor allegation. As a result, self-imposed sanctions against the football program will include a loss of six scholarships over the course of three years, a reduction of official recruiting visits to 30 for the 2012-13 year and an $18,500 fine for allowing four ineligible football players to compete during the 2009-10 football season.

You can also see exhibits in the school’s response HERE if you can’t fall asleep.

“We continue to work in full cooperation with the NCAA on this very serious matter,” school president Harris Pastides said. “As an institution, we established self-imposed penalties and implemented corrective actions.”

South Carolina’s total amount of impermissible benefits from the Whitney Hotel are roughly $47,000. Again, that’s a loss in six scholarships. For $47,000. Boise State received a loss of nine scholarships over the course of three years for impermissible benefits — or, sleeping on the floor of some bro’s apartment, as we like to call it — totaling less than $5,000, and Ohio State received a loss of five scholarships over three years for impermissible benefits to players totaling less than $1,000.

Just so we’re clear.

The school is scheduled to meet with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions on Feb. 17-18.

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20 Responses to “South Carolina self-imposes scholarship reduction in NCAA response”
  1. akhhorus says: Dec 14, 2011 5:19 PM

    So, when did you join in with ESPN’s endorsement deal with Boise State?

  2. cuckflemson says: Dec 14, 2011 5:32 PM

    What say you Jonkybon? I know you have something negative to add you miserable human being.

  3. woebegong says: Dec 14, 2011 5:35 PM

    Wasn’t one of the charges against Ga. Tech. using ineligible players as well. I believe that was for $300.00 dollars worth of shirts. It cost them, the ACC championship for 2009.
    Not sure I understand how the NCAA deals out it’s punishment.
    And nope, I am not by a long shot a Tech. fan. I just can’t believe that Super Stevie could allow that to go on at S.C.

  4. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Dec 14, 2011 5:38 PM

    We also vacated a season, a BCS bowl win, gave back the bowl money and fired our coach. The tattoos and extra work hours totalled less than five grand

    Just so we’re clear.

  5. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 14, 2011 5:42 PM


    I think you’re misinterpreting this. The point is that South Carolina’s allegations are more egregious than the violations at Ohio State and Boise.

  6. jonkybon says: Dec 14, 2011 5:49 PM

    cuck, is typical of a shamecock fan. Attack, attack, attack posters rather than deal with the fact you support a bunch of cheats. You can’t debunk anything I say, so you need to attack me. I’m a big boy. I can take it. I understand your inferiority complex. You have my sympathy. As to my opinion…Death Penalty for the team that continually embasses the NCAA. I wont stoop to Crapolina fans level of insulting posters and creating childish posting names.

  7. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Dec 14, 2011 6:08 PM

    I always assumed paying players made them play better and want to win championships? Guess I’m wrong.

  8. cuckflemson says: Dec 14, 2011 7:21 PM

    Thanks for proving my point friend! As for accusations of cheating: yeah, some knuckle heads stayed in a posh hotel for free. And they were immediately kicked off of the team when it was discovered. The compliance director should be fired. But how about clemson’s fake national title or the $1000’s bellamy flashed on facebook claiming he got paid? What about the countless females getting beat by athletes at pickens tech? And then there’s the cover up that occurred when a recruit accidentally killed a coach in a jetski accident during an illegal recruiting ploy. See, I can be overly obnoxious too. What say you Jonkybon?

  9. thekatman says: Dec 14, 2011 7:51 PM

    None of the self-imposed schollie reductions will help these schools, becasue once the NCAA finishes their investigation and doles out its penalties and sanctions, they have to warrant the excessive schollie reductions and penalties they hit The Program aka USC with. Therefore, USCe and the others “should” be hit with much more than the patronized self-sanctions they are doling out to themselves. Be prepared for more my friends. As long as the NCAA is judge, jury and executioner, all penalties are subject to scrutiny…..

  10. halo81 says: Dec 14, 2011 8:04 PM

    Kevin Lahn and Steve Gordon in action again.

    I’ve been posting those two names on this site since 2007 (Taylor will attest) and finally something is being done.

    More needs to be as those two are absolute street agents in Philadelphia and South Jersey for South Carolina. It’s disgusting.

    This isn’t an attack on South Carolina either Gamecock fans; it’s an attack on those individuals and the BS organization they “founded” once the NCAA figured out they were recruiting players to your school.

    PS – This is the tip of the iceberg. I could make a list of over 50 players those two tried to get that went to other universities.

    Spurrier needs to have them both shunned.

  11. woodscock says: Dec 14, 2011 8:09 PM

    jonkybon, for your reading pleasure.
    Clemson ‘s probation.
    On November 21, 1982, the football program was placed on probation for a 2-year period to include the 1983 and 1984 seasons. This sanction was enforced on the program by the NCAA Committee on Infractions due to a lengthy history of recruiting violations meant to gain an athletic advantage. These recruiting violations took place from 1977 through the Tigers’ 1981 season and into 1982, under the administration of two head coaches, Charlie Pell and Danny Ford. The Atlantic Coast Conference imposed a third year of conference penalty.
    Over 150 documented violations were found to have been committed under NCAA bylaws in the categories of improper recruiting inducements, extra benefits to student-athletes, unethical conduct, improper financial aid, improper campus visits, improper transportation and entertainment, improper use of funds, improper employment, improper recruiting contact, and distribution of cash to players by members of the coaching staff.[8]
    As a result of these violations, Clemson was barred from participating in bowl games following the 1982 and 1983 seasons, and barred from appearing on live television in the 1983 and 1984 seasons. Also, the number of scholarships that the university could allocate to football players was restricted to 20 (from the normal limit of 30) for the 1983-84 and 1984-85 academic years. The Tigers, however, were allowed to keep their 1978 and 1981 ACC titles as well as the 1981 national title.
    Charles Alan Wright, chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions said at the time, “Due to the large number and serious nature of the violations in this case, the committee believed that institutional sanctions related to appearances on television and in postseason football bowl games were appropriate. In addition, because the violations indicated a pattern of improper recruiting activities, the committee determined that a two-year limitation on financial aid to new recruits should be imposed to offset any recruiting advantage that was gained improperly by the university
    Just five years after their probation ended, Clemson once again found their football program accused of multiple recruiting violations in January 1990.[11] The NCAA accused Clemson of giving cash to players and having illegal contact with recruits over a period from 1984 to 1988. In June 1990, the Tigers found themselves on probation once again, for the second time in less than a decade. This chain of events contributed, in part, to the forced resignation of popular head coach Danny Ford.

  12. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Dec 14, 2011 8:21 PM


    My apologies. I thought you were implying that we played ineligible players and all we got was a five scholarship reduction.

  13. BrownsTown says: Dec 14, 2011 8:31 PM

    I guess you fans are right…..the SEC does do everything bigger and better than the other conferences.

  14. igottz5onit says: Dec 14, 2011 9:19 PM

    South Carolina is probably the most corrupt program in the history of NCAA football… That has never won anything of significance in living memory.

  15. jonkybon says: Dec 15, 2011 7:15 AM

    Cuck you do show a very fertile imagination. Females get beaten (not beat) at Pickens Tech has what to do with Clemson? A coach has an unfortunate accident and you automatically spin it into something evil. That doesn’t speak of a healthy mind.

    Lets just look at recent history shall we? Garcia’s issues were that of an immature young man. He many issues with alcohol should have had him bannished after his second offense. I recall Steve Tannyhill (sp?) having much the same problem. Which SC QB was it that got into a fight at a downtown bar when he snuck his under age girlfriend into a bar? Mangus got busted for being drunk and public urination. Suspension? Nope a raise! How many Shamecocks were convicted of stealing computers from SC again? The list goes on and on. I just mentioned a few from this century.

    Still doesn’t alter the fact that Crapolina can’t beat teams with winning records especially in bowl games. Doesn’t change the fact that your Shamecocks played the worst game in the history of the SEC Championship. Doesn’t change the fact Spurrier artificially inflates SC’s record with cupcakes. The team that plays in Williams Brice is a fraud with a falling star for a coach.

  16. dkhhuey says: Dec 15, 2011 1:09 PM

    Damn – what was Ohio State thinking when they punched themselves in the face with 5 scholarship deductions! According to South Carolina’s calculation for each 7800.00 in impermissible benes – you lose a scholarship. Does that mean OSU should not only lose any scholarships – they should gain 3/4 of a scholarship!

  17. woebegong says: Dec 15, 2011 1:19 PM

    I think the NCAA has a little more planned for them, than just that. Self imposed is only good most of the time, unless it is for not sufficiently not monitoring allegations is the one that will get them. That is sort of like saying, you knew about the trouble, you just hoped nobody else did. By allowing the guilty parties to compete after they already knew about it, is where they might also get killed. I am not saying it will happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see more penalties, as they have admitted to the whole ball of wax.
    It cost Georgia Tech. it’s ACC title, and some reduction in recruiting, for a 300.00 benefit, so considering how much money is involved here, it probably isn’t out of the realm of possibility, that it could cost them the 2010 east title of the SEC.

  18. john8220 says: Dec 15, 2011 3:43 PM

    Y’all are going WAY overboard with this. The $47,000 is an inflated figure from the NCAA. Some players (including some track athletes) were staying at a local hotel (nothing fancy) at a DISCOUNTED rate that the hotel negotiated. The rate was about $30 a day, per person. It is my understanding the players SHARED rooms, so that would mean the hotel was getting $60 a day per room. MOST hotels would jump at the chance to secure guaranteed income on rooms for a year or more (hotels generally are not always full).

    The players in question (and the coaches) SUBMITTED these agreements to the University’s compliance office for approval. THEY WERE APPROVED!!! The coaches did EVERYTHING RIGHT! It was the compliance officer who screwed up by not noticing that the hotel was AT ONE TIME a member of the Gamecock Booster Club. Therefore, ANY DEAL that was worked out would be considered an improper benefit from a booster! So the NCAA took the NORMAL DAILY ROOM RATE and multiplied that out by the number of days each athlete stayed/lived at the hotel. Some had lived there well over a year, so OF COURSE the figure was going to be high.

    I guarantee that ANYONE could go to just about ANY hotel and negotiate a very low rate for one year’s occupancy. I know this because I did it myself when I moved down to Charleston 12 years ago.

    Steve Spurrier runs a CLEAN program. This is in no way comparable to GTech or OSU because those coaches learned about some violations AND THEN DID NOTHING! Steve Spurrier made sure the negotiated rates were approved by his compliance office. He did not find out there was an issue until one of the players was involved in that mess with attending that party in Florida paid for by the sports agent. That player was summarily dismissed from the program.

    So please, get the story straight.

  19. woebegong says: Dec 15, 2011 4:24 PM

    It is not just about room rates. It includes boosters buying meals just off campus for players, and boosters letting players use cars they owned. You need to read the response to the allegations.
    The worse charge though, is the the “Failure to sufficiently monitor allegation. When the NCAA decides you didn’t do your job at your level, they get pretty mean. What they are basically saying is, “If the university had adequately monitored and investigated the matters in a timely and complete manner”, those players that committed the wrongs, would not have been allowed to play, until the NCAA cleared them “. That’s basically what got GT. in trouble and on probation. Given the less than stellar track record of the NCAA enforcement counsel, there is no way of knowing yet, what they will hand down as punishment. They seem to just rely on the compliance officer, for that particular case, as to the severity of the punishment. Hopefully, S.C. will get one that goes easier on them, than the one GT. got. It didn’t help GT. either that they were accused of hindering the investigation by trying to slow it up and not cooperating with the NCAA investigator, by not providing information in a timely manner. S.C. has complied and admitted guilt to every charge. Now it depends on how serious the NCAA considers those charges. UGA, voluntarily suspended A.J. Green, pending the outcome, of his offense, and the NCAA still suspended him for four games. It involved him selling his own gear, to an alleged agent, even though, it was proven that the guy was not an agent. The NCAA works in mysterious ways sometimes.

  20. dkhhuey says: Dec 21, 2011 11:27 AM


    You may want to take a look at this article –

    It pretty much spells it out what is involved and might be a bit of a reality check for you.

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