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Gamecocks to appear before NCAA’s COI this weekend

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Two months after self-imposing sanctions for a handful of significant NCAA violations, South Carolina will take the next step this weekend toward learning whether The Association will accept those penalties.  Or bring a bigger punitive hammer.

As has previously been reported, South Carolina will appear before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions this Friday and Saturday to answer questions concerning last September’s Notice of Allegations.  According to the Charleston Post & Courier, an 11-person-strong contingent will represent USC at the hearing this weekend, including head coach Steve Spurrier, assistant coach G.A. Mangus, athletic director Eric Hyman and president Dr. Harris Pastides.

An NCAA investigation that began in the summer of 2010 ultimately found that football players and other student-athletes had received in the neighborhood of $55,000 in impermissible benefits, with $47,000 of that figure stemming from off-campus housing at an area hotel.  The other $8,000 stems from “Kevin Lahn and Steve Gordon, representatives of the institution’s athletics interests, [making] impermissible recruiting contacts with and [providing] impermissible recruiting inducements to prospective student-athletes and [providing] extra benefits to student-athletes.

The housing allegations, the first listed in the NOA, are from May 2009 through Oct. 2010, while the recruiting issues, the second listed in the NOA, allegedly occurred from the spring of 2009 through February of 2011.

The third major violation alleged in the NOA is a failure to monitor both the housing and recruiting issues.

In December of last year, USC self-imposed sanctions that included 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.

The committee can either deem those sanctions sufficient, or impose further sanctions on the program (see: State University, the Ohio).  A final decision from the COI likely won’t come down until mid-April at the earliest.

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8 Responses to “Gamecocks to appear before NCAA’s COI this weekend”
  1. auburntigers34 says: Feb 14, 2012 5:48 PM

    waiting on gamecocker to find a way to blame Auburn for this……

  2. uscatjerseyshore says: Feb 14, 2012 6:27 PM

    tOSU broke the code on minimizing NCAA sanctions by self imposing penalties. Since they lost a total of 8 scholarships over 3 years for players taking $14K in cash and other services with the former head coach Tressel attempting to cover-up the situation, South Carolina self imposed the loss of 6 scholarships over 3 years after student athletes received more than $55K in benefits.

    Compare how USC (University of Southern California) was treated by the NCAA vs Ohio State and the difference in how each school was penalized appears to be a matter of semantics. Ohio State lost one year of titles and postseason play because the NCAA said it had “failed to properly monitor” its football program. USC lost two years and 21 more scholarships than Ohio State because the NCAA said it had “lacked institutional control.” South Carolina appears to be on the road to lose even less than Ohio State.

    It will be interesting to see how the NCAA handles this situation.

    BTW – I’m sure this post will generate any number of USC hate posts from usual crowd. This is not about USC which has accepted the sanctions, as injust as they were and moved on, but it is about the inconsistency on the part of the NCAA.

  3. papabush88 says: Feb 14, 2012 6:55 PM

    Don’t worry Gamecocks. Had your school been Southern California instead of South Carolina, you’d be in much bigger trouble. The NCAA isn’t threatened by your program. They’re only threatened by the Trojans’ nearly unstoppable program. If Ohio State can be found to had known about the players receiving benefits, try to cover it up and then receive a lesser punishment compared to USC, you guys should be fine.

  4. tides1 says: Feb 14, 2012 8:02 PM

    South Carolina may end up with heavy sanctions, I hope not. The NCAA has been highly talked about, put down, talked against….here’s to hoping USC and Spuirrier are not made an example of.

  5. uscatjerseyshore says: Feb 14, 2012 9:38 PM

    USC was already made into an example. Most likely South Carolina will escape significant additional sanctions because they’ve already self penalized themselves. The school that needs to have the hammer applied is UMiami as that is where Paul Dee was the AD when he was also the chair of the NCAA infractions committee that ruled on USC.

    Dee’s the guy who sat in judgment of USC when the program was burned to the ground, then scolded the school for letting it happen.

    “High profile players demand high-profile compliance,” Dee said 14 months ago in reference to Reggie Bush.

    There have been few more hypocritical words spoken in the history of NCAA enforcement.

  6. axavol says: Feb 15, 2012 6:53 AM

    South Carolina went from low second tier SEC program to conference championship game with the recruiting class under investigation. Failure to impose significant penalties will prove once again cheating is worth it. At some point the NCAA has to hit these programs with the only thing that matters to them…TV bans and no TV revenue sharing

  7. lakesidegator says: Feb 19, 2012 10:24 AM

    axavol is right. it’s no coincidence that cheating & winning are corresponding events. just look at saban; his cheating is starting to emerge as well.
    i mean, it’s already taller than he is.

  8. really2424 says: Mar 18, 2012 2:36 AM

    South Carolina don’t cheat no more than any other team just not as good at covering it up

    By the
    South Carolina went from low second tier SEC program to conference championship game with the recruiting class under investigation

    That’s not true the players in 2010 was already at South Carolina
    Marcus Lattimore was the only freshman to get any real playing time and we all know he wasn’t
    under investigation.

    And as far as 2011 Byrd under investigation he didn’t do much after he sit for 4 games and paid the money back

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