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NCAA slaps South Carolina with failure to monitor

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Following a nearly two-year investigation into South Carolina’s athletics program stemming from allegations that student-athletes (mainly football players) received impermissible benefits, the NCAA has come to a conclusion regarding what sanctions the Gamecocks will face going forward.

And, by and large, the NCAA kept with the self-imposed penalties South Carolina submitted to the NCAA last December. You can read the football-related penalties below. HERE is the full summary by the NCAA.

The Association found that South Carolina failed to monitor its athletic program and “is responsible for impermissible recruiting, extra benefits and preferential treatment” of athletes according to the Committee on Infractions. Additionally, “at least four athletics department employees did not recognize the potential violations” committed by boosters Kevin Lahn and Steve Gordon. 

Here’s the meat of the summary as it pertains to the infractions:

According to the facts of the case, twelve student-athletes lived in local hotel while paying a daily rate of less than $15 per person, an amount that was considerably less than what was available to the general student population.  In addition, nine student-athletes received special loan arrangements by deferring rent payments through an agreement with the hotel. In total, the student-athletes received approximately $51,000* in impermissible extra benefits and preferential treatment.

In addition, two boosters provided more than $8,000 from their foundation for recruiting inducements and extra benefits to football prospects and student-athletes. These boosters also were  involved in recruiting contacts. The committee noted that while some of the motivation and purpose for establishing the foundation were well-intentioned, it was clear that some efforts were aimed at assisting the university in its recruitment efforts. The benefits from the boosters included cash, gift cards, entertainment and funding of multiple unofficial visits.

With the exception of determining when the local hotel should be considered a booster organization, the university agreed with all of the allegations in this case, including the failure to monitor.

(*That number was previously said to be $47,000 with total benefits being $55,000) 

Here’s what the football program faces in terms of sanctioning (note that another year of Stephen Garcia was not imposed by the NCAA):

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Three years of probation from April 27, 2012, through April 26, 2015.
  • Reduction of total football scholarships by three (from 85 maximum) during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.
  • Reduction of initial football scholarships by three (from the 25 maximum) during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years (self-imposed by the university).
  • $18,500 fine (self-imposed by the university).
  • Indefinite disassociation of both involved boosters and the local hotel (self-imposed by the university).
  • Limit of 30 official visits in football (from the 56 maximum) for the 2012-13 academic year (self-imposed by the university).
  • An assistant football coach was withheld from off campus recruiting during January 2012 (self-imposed by the university).

In other words, pretty much what the school proposed last year. The reason? The “committee noted the university’s cooperation in the investigation, which went beyond standard expectations.”

Hear that kids? Break the rules all you want. Just admit you were wrong and be helpful along the way.

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39 Responses to “NCAA slaps South Carolina with failure to monitor”
  1. rolltide510 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:17 PM

    The Garcia joke was solid.

  2. ajarkoski says: Apr 27, 2012 3:21 PM

    Cheap shot Ben.
    Things are going to happen and schools and coaches can not be vigilant 24/7 on all their athletes. Anyway, the NCAA is saying you have two choices: Go the South Carolina way by revealing violations, cooperating and admit guilt or Hide, Lie and Deny like their alter USC ego did. The Gamecocks get slapped on the wrist while the the Trojans got thumped.

  3. papabush88 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:37 PM


    First off, USC never lied. As the NCAA concluded, Pete Carroll, Mike Garrett, and no one else knew about Reggie Bush taking money. Hard to know those things when one player is taking money from an ex-agent (not affiliated with USC) 150 miles from campus. Reggie lied. That’s it.

    Secondly, it is interesting to note that South Carolina-affiliated members were directly involved in this scandal…not just one single player like USC. I don’t understand how their penalty could be less sincere than USC’s. USC may have avoided the NCAA and fought the investigation, but it obviously was for good reason as USC was innocent. Reggie was the only guilty one (along with Michael Ornstein, the ex-agent slime ball). I feel like the punishment should be harsher for a team when affiliated members are involved like boosters, etc.

    Oh well. At the same time, I could care less that schools are doing this. The NCAA is corrupt anyway. As my colleague in the office next to me says, “6 Championships in a row for the SEC! You are crazy if you don’t think they are cheating.” And by the way, he is an Auburn fan.

  4. papabush88 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:44 PM

    To all South Carolina fans. Some of you have been reltentless on your ripping of the USC Trojans. Mindlessly calling USC cheaters, when you didn’t even know the facts surrounding the Reggie Bush case. No USC-affiliated members involved in Reggie scandal.

    Others, like thegamecocker, have common sense. While, we begin to learn that EVERYONE “cheats,” I find solace knowing that my USC Trojans, at least in the case of Reggie Bush, did NOT cheat. Reggie did.

    The bottom line is this: Who F****ing cares?!?! Everyone does it, is only the tip of the iceberg. The most important thing is that the NCAA IS TERRIBLE AND CORRUPT. Who cares if a booster give charitable contributions to a player(s). That’s his/her perrogative. The NCAA is so pointless. I’m glad you guys got a slap on the wrist compared to USC, but the NCAA laws suck anyway.

    This whole “commit murder, but cooperate in the investigation and you’ll be ok” is ridiculous. I understand the concept of cooperating in an investigation helping oneself, but USC did not cooperate, because they had NOTHING to hide. They had no idea Reggie was taking money from some dude in San Diego (150 miles from USC campus). It is ridiculous.

    I wish Gamecocks luck in 2012 and beyond. Sorry for the NCAA. They are stupid, but worse things have happened to far less guilty. Point and case: USC

  5. rolltide510 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:54 PM

    I love how the response to these things is invariably some analog of “This is BS, we didn’t cheat. But by the way, everybody cheats. But not us, we didn’t cheat”.

  6. ajarkoski says: Apr 27, 2012 3:59 PM


    I am Gamecock fan, but I am a California native here in OC, not in SEC country. Don’t try and pull that stuff on me how compliant and cooperative Carroll, Garret, and others were. Denial is the first thing that comes to mind when I recall their song and dance about them doing nothing wrong and everyone was just jealous. And where did Carroll/Garret go after all this is they were such choir boys. USC cleaned house. I am kind of nuetral on the Tojans, but love it when they beat up on SEC teams. Hope they have a good season as well in the PAC_12 with Kiffin and Hadden, until they play my Irish!

  7. papabush88 says: Apr 27, 2012 4:06 PM


    I NEVER said USC was compliant or cooperative. The opposite. But doesn’t it make sense to deny when you’re
    innocent? It’s not Carroll’s fault Reggie lied to him. They thought Reggie hadn’t done anything wrong. Not their fault.

  8. papabush88 says: Apr 27, 2012 4:09 PM


    Everyone DOES/HAS cheated. The NCAA even admits USC did not know Reggie was taking money. That’s not to say that USC hasn’t cheated in past. I’m sure they have before, but not in case of Reggie.

  9. kozbee says: Apr 27, 2012 4:33 PM

    Two of the biggest cheats in college football was Bear Bryant & Pete Carroll.

  10. papabush88 says: Apr 27, 2012 4:44 PM


    Explain how Pete Carroll cheated. I guarantee you’re wrong. The two things he was accused of were the Reggie Bush scandal and Joe McKnight and the mysterious Range Rover. The NCAA never was able to implicate Carroll in the Reggie ordeal and the Range Rover McKnight was seen driving in turned out to be his girlfriend’s.

  11. rolltide510 says: Apr 27, 2012 5:15 PM


    So USC didn’t cheat in the case of Reggie Bush, but they do cheat in other things, yet you’re upset the NCAA punished you, because they didn’t find the actual cheating

    I’m more sure of my previous comment then ever, even though it was in no way directed at USC.

  12. ajarkoski says: Apr 27, 2012 5:23 PM

    kozbee is ridiculous.

    I guess the trojans have the same ethics as Bill Clinton when is comes to definitions. It depends on the definition of ‘WE’ I guess. When Pete and Garrett said, I didn’t think they were only talking about the two of them or only their inner circle of buddies. They represent the whole sports and when they say ‘WE’, they are including Bush and whoever else was involved like that assistance coach who resigned in the early stages of this mess or the booster who gave Bush all the perks and not just the Sports Agent. Who gave the Bush family the house or any other things I might have forgotten.

    Was Reggie a Trojan? And if he cheated, then the Trojans cheated, right? The point is Pete and Garet were denying it from day 1 and I think still to this day. On your part, the point ‘everyone does it’ is not a good one.

  13. papabush88 says: Apr 27, 2012 5:30 PM


    I am saying that I am sure USC has cheated before. Maybe back in the 70s or 80s or 90s. We don’t know unless it has been documented. What we do know for sure, per the NCAA’s findings, they did not cheat in the Reggie Bush scandal. That was something between Reggie and Michael Ornstein.

    One lesson people should learn is to not open their mouths and rip on a program for cheating. Their program is more than likely doing the same. I’ve heard lots of Miami fans, South Carolina fans, Oregon fans, Alabama fans say “Shame on USC.” But they’ve all done something wrong. Funny how former AD of Miami Paul Dee, chairman of USC’s COI case, was so passionately outspoken against USC, yet he was involved in far worse ordeals at Miami.

    I feel bad for South Carolina. At the end of the day, the problem with college football is the NCAA and the completely dysfunctional system of the BCS. At least the BCS is finally trying to reform. Things like the recent Alabama textbook scandal, Reggie Bush taking money from some agent, and other stuff like that is so stupid and miniscule.

    The one program that should be punished is Miami for the sex-cocaine-abortion-yachts. That’s just really bad. But not punishment by the NCAA. Punishment by federal law. And maybe they can punish the actual people involved. Why were so many at USC punished that were not involved? Reggie Bush and Michael Ornstein should have been the only ones punished.

  14. thegamecocker says: Apr 27, 2012 5:39 PM


    The Trojans got a very raw deal from the NCAA. THE Ohio St Univ. was far more egregious and suffered far less consequences. And I’m not going to get into the entire Scam Newton affair! The NCAA leaves much to be desired. I’d say South Carolina played the politics as well as they could and hence a slap on the wrists. We are very fortunate that AD Hyman and Company did a masterful job with this issue.

    As for the Trojans, they continue to recruit as well as ever, and they will be one of the best teams in 2012. I say let’s clean- up the NCAA! PapaB88, don’t fall prey to some of the USC Haters. Not worth it. Fight On!

  15. papabush88 says: Apr 27, 2012 5:42 PM


    There was no booster involved in the Reggie scandal. It was really simple. Reggie and his family received improper benefits from an ex-agent Michael Ornstein (not affiliated with USC) of New Era Sports Entertainment.

    The assistant coach you are referring to is Todd McNair. He was accused, but NEVER implicated by the NCAA. The NCAA only said that McNair “should have known.”

    Pete and Garrett absolutely denied it from Day 1. Why? Because to their knowledge they did nothing wrong. Plus, Reggie continually denied the allegations. Therefore, from Pete and Garrett’s stance, nothing wrong had happened.

    Do I think every single program is cheating right now? No, but I do think MANY have, and many others are currently involved in shady stuff. At the end of the day, I don’t care. The rules of the NCAA are ridiculous. Players should be reprimanded for things like taking illegal performance enhancing drugs 0r betting on their own games. And coaches should be reprimanded for illegal wire tapings of the opposition or sending lip readers to know the opposition’s plays and stuff like that. Taking money from someone doesn’t make you better or give your team the edge over another.

    Here’s a video simplifying the NCAA’s sanctions of USC…watch it all, but main point starts at 1:20 mark:

  16. papabush88 says: Apr 27, 2012 5:46 PM


    Good to see you back gamecocker!

    Sorry the NCAA is all over your junk. They’re corrupt. Still, worse things could happen. Could’ve had Paul Dee as the COI chairman:

    Fortunately, the NCAA didn’t mix up your USC school with mine…you might have been in big trouble. I think schools are going to keep getting mixed up in some bad stuff, but just self report. As long as their probation is over.

    Good luck to the Gamecocks in 2012.

  17. Deb says: Apr 27, 2012 6:17 PM

    My, Ben, aren’t we snarky today? Please. Spurrier’s program isn’t the only one to investigate, report, and self-impose punishment that’s accepted by the NCAA. Yeah, it seems like an odd system, but it’s better than the ridiculous cover-ups we usually hear about.

  18. Deb says: Apr 27, 2012 6:22 PM

    @papabush88 …

    Speaking of Michael Ornstein … just blows my mind that after the havoc he wreaked at USC, the Saints welcomed this viper with open arms when they drafted Bush. They invited him into their inner circle like family and the guy is responsible for 99 percent of the trouble they’re in now. The league came down on those coaches more because of the outside money involved than the bounty program itself–money paid by convicted-felon Ornstein that cheated the salary cap. And just as happened with USC, by the time the poop hit the fan, Reggie Bush was long gone.


  19. latchbeam says: Apr 27, 2012 6:33 PM

    If a big ten school did what they did… what would they get?? Two seasons of no postseason? 10 scholarship reductions?

  20. papabush88 says: Apr 27, 2012 6:33 PM

    @ Deb

    Yeah, I can’t believe the Saints let that snake in the door. Ornstein is an awful person. I mean, I don’t see Reggie’s connection with the trouble the Saints are in, especially since their Defense is in trouble for bounties and Reggie is a RB, but YES….Michael Ornstein is bad news. He also got in trouble for illegal sales of Super Bowl tickets.

  21. papabush88 says: Apr 27, 2012 6:37 PM


    I don’t think OSU’s infractions are comparable to South Carolina’s. Tressel got caught trying to cover up the mess. South Carolina self reported their infractions. And no one gets hit harder than big USC.

  22. Deb says: Apr 27, 2012 10:25 PM

    @papabush88 …

    Ornstein is the guy who was paying Reggie, and Bush brought Ornstein with him when he went to the Saints. He’s the one who introduced Ornstein to the Saints coaching staff, and the guy just wormed his way in from there. Payton and company knew what the guy was–Payton even wrote in his autobiography that Ornstein was a shady person. If you decide to put a rattlesnake in your pocket, it’s your own fault if you’re bit. But Bush was definitely the person who brought Ornstein into the Saints organization.

  23. papabush88 says: Apr 27, 2012 10:54 PM

    Yes, but Bush was not involved in illegal bounties. I agree, not best decision by Bush to bringing Ornstein, but he can’t control the actions of Ornstein, just like Pete Carroll can’t control what Bush does 150 miles from USC’s campus.

  24. mikedpinson says: Apr 27, 2012 11:41 PM

    To the South Carolina fans that kept talking trash about Auburn…
    War Eagle to that.

  25. Deb says: Apr 27, 2012 11:46 PM

    @papabush88 …

    That’s true. Just saying it’s ironic that Bush’s connection to this viper wound up creating so much misery for two programs … while Reggie just skipped off to another team both times.

  26. papabush88 says: Apr 27, 2012 11:49 PM


    Yes, it is ironic. But he left USC to make money and he left New Orleans so he could be utilized correctly for the first time in his pro career in order to finally become an every down back that he knew he could be…thus his first 1,000 yard season at an average of 5.0 yards a carry

  27. thegamecocker says: Apr 28, 2012 8:55 AM


    The above video – LOL PRICELESS!! FIGHT ON!

  28. imforbigblue says: Apr 28, 2012 3:28 PM

    Funny how you say USC had no clue what bush was up to but your head coach couldn’t get the hell out of dodge fast enough because he knew what was coming. Just like OJ Mayo got busted taking money on your basketball team. USC is dirty and now you have a proven Cheater as a head coach now go ask Tennessee about him

  29. papabush88 says: Apr 28, 2012 9:07 PM

    I’m not the only one saying USC had no clue what Bush was up to…the NCAA is saying it. Sorry, but facts are facts. The evidence the NCAA dug up pointed all towards Bush…nothing at anyone else.

    This whole argument of “yea but you know Carroll knew” holds no water. A colleague in my office who is a HUGE Alabama fan even thinks that all of the too SEC schools cheat. It’s still speculation on his part, except of course for South Carolina and that Alabama textbook ordeal.

    My point is, who cares? Pretty sure just about everyone has done it before. The rules are archaic anr make no sense. Why is charitable contributions banned in college sports. Anywhere else, it is welcomed with open arms.

    As far as Lane Kiffin being a cheater, I’m not sure why Tennessee fans hate him so much. I realize is was imo there a year, but he got a promotion. Who would turn that down?!?!? And while Lane was investigated for NCAA infractions, he was excused. It was Bruce Pearl, the Tennessee basketball coach who got Tennessee in trouble. Bottom line: how do you get mad at Lane for leaving a middle of the road team to coach an elite team?

  30. kozbee says: May 1, 2012 1:43 PM

    Its funny how for the few years everything was roses till the truth hit R.Bush and seems to me Pete would of known of all the gifts and house on the beach and to his mom things they received.Pete took off just before the sky fell.IMO Pete knew all that went on with Bush,wouldn`t you think a poor family and Reggie riding around in a pimps car and living at a beach house.Wake up papa.

  31. papabush88 says: May 1, 2012 2:34 PM


    Seems to me that the NCAA has a team of great investigators. They’ve found everything on guys like Tressel. Couldn’t find anything on Pete. In this country, you’re innocent until proven guilty. Not sure what country you’re from but Pete is innocent

  32. kozbee says: Nov 18, 2012 12:49 AM

    All coaches cheat,i know cant be proven but everyone knows cause everyones coach cheats.Tell me why Bush gave back the tropy,simple he knew he cheated and Pete knew but covered his own butt and let boosters have their way.

  33. papabush88 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:32 AM


    Did U really just respond now to an article from April? If Pete knew about Reggie thing, I’m sure the NCAA would’ve found out. God knows they investigated USC long enough. And how do the boosters work into this issue? There were no boosters involved with the Reggie scandal. It was an agent not affiliated with USC that gave money to Reggie’s step dad

  34. thegamecocker says: Nov 19, 2012 9:19 AM

    Hi Papabush88:

    I received this yesterday and was concerned THE U. of South Carolina committed another egregious violation. Then I saw the date on the article and realized it was old news. These have been tough times for the Trojans and the issue is Defense, obviously. I do hope the Trojans can find a way to beat ND this coming weekend. I also hope South Carolina can defeat a most-potent Clemson squad. Gamecock D will be put to the test and the game is at Clemson. Carolina has had the most difficult schedule in the country. Even Wofford, the school we played this past Saturday, was 8-2 coming in. If Southern Cal can beat ND and Carolina beat Clemson, than it is possible we could play each other in a bowl game. I know we would be respectful to one another no matter the outcome! FIGHT ON!!!

  35. papabush88 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:34 PM


    USC vs USC game would be epic. Defense has been our issue. We (Barkley) dig ourselves in these holes early in the game and can’t seem to get out. Been our issue in all four of our losses. Barkley’s mistakes are costly. But, Monte Kiffin’s defense has been awful. He needs to go. Lane needs a new OC and DC. If he doesn’t do that, then Lane needs to go too.

    Scar vs. Clemson will be epic as well. I’m sure the South Carolina fanbase is respectful. Not like the little girls at UCLA. They have nothing to say until they win. Then they act like they’ve never lost to USC. And I’m sure if USC does play South Carolina, then you wouldn’t ask us not to stab the field. Tradition is what makes college football great. What separates it from NFL. If this game happens, I would share a beer with you.

  36. thegamecocker says: Nov 19, 2012 12:40 PM


    And I would be more than happy to share a beer with you my friend! I can’t see Lane Kiffin firing his Father. Can you imagine the hurt feelings on both sides. I think Lane is a GREAT recruiter. And while I don’t necessarily like Phil Steele, before the season started, he projected that Southern Cal’s lack of depth (read as lost scholarships due to sanctions) would come back and finally haunt them despite the 4 and 5 star recruits on both sides of the ball. What is your reaction to that comment?

    Here’s wishing the Trojan’s find a way against ND this weekend! Fight On!!

  37. papabush88 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:02 PM


    What should happen is that Monte resigns. That would be an honorable move because he would admit culpability and save his son’s job.

    Yes, Phil did forsee that correctly. Depth hurt, but not as much as coaching. The way I look at it is I compare Lane Kiffin’s USC to Pete Carroll’s. I compare Lane’s Offenses to the Norm Chow/Sark offenses USC had. Same talent, and Lane is still matching those teams in terms of putting up points. So, in that sense, Lane is doing a good job. Sometimes his playcalling is questionable, but at least he’s putting up points. Now compare Pete’s Defenses to Monte’s. Same talent, but Pete’s defenses were far superior to Monte’s. That can’t happen. Depth is a concern, but there’s more to it than just depth.

    The two most important parts of a team are the QB and the D-line. I try to stay positive, and here are 5 things I see in 2013:

    1.) A 6’4″ QB in Wittek (unlike the 6’1″ Barkley) with a cannon arm.

    2.) A more experienced D-line that was already surprisingly better than expected this year

    3.) More experienced Defense. Other than TJ McDonald, this was a YOUNG defense this season (hopefully with new coordinator)

    4.) More Marqise Lee

    5.) The next Robert Woods: Nelson Agholor

  38. thegamecocker says: Nov 19, 2012 4:46 PM


    Monte “retiring” would be honorable thing to do. Mike Price just did it today and he was very good at Wash St. Wittek will be under tremendous pressure this Sat against a stout ND Defense and it will be interesting to see how he responds to that challenge. Just as importantly, it will be important to see how the O-line performs against the Irish D. I expect SC D to step up against what I consider a mediocre to good ND offense. Put pressure on their freshman QB and and look for turnovers. The key for SC this game is if they can establish the running game. Let’s hope they can. When does SC regain the full complement of scholarships? Or did that already happen?

  39. papabush88 says: Nov 19, 2012 8:18 PM


    3 years of schollie reductions. 2014 class will be last class with reduced numbers.

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