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A racial brouhaha is brewing in South Carolina, and it’s putting college football recruits right in the middle of the growing controversy.
According to The State, members of the black community in the state — including legislators — are urging football recruits to stay away from the University of South Carolina. Why? Because the school’s board of trustees is about to lose it’s lone African-American member.
“We are asking young athletes to be aware … there are folks in this state who say it’s fine to play ball but not be on the governing board,” State Rep. David Weeks said.
Former Gamecock lineman and current lawmaker Anton Gunn said running back Marcus Lattimore, the crown jewel of Steve Spurrier’s 2010 recruiting class and one of the top players in the nation at any position, was one of the recruits who was contacted and asked to reconsider his commitment due to the racial structure of the board.
Lawyer Leah B. Moody is the trustee in danger of losing the seat as Weeks said he didn’t think she would have enough votes to get re-elected. The USC board consists of 22 trustees — 16 who are elected by lawmakers and six who are appointed/have positions high up in the government and/or university.
“With that many board members, to not have a single African-American and to send the message around this world that this body does not care about diversity but yet we want to recruit black athletes? You can’t send that mixed message,” Rep. Todd Rutherford, a Columbia Democrat and alumnus of the University of South Carolina Law School, said according to The State.
So, uhhh, how ’bout this weather we’re having, eh…