Posted by Chip Patterson
- South Carolina senior cornerback Chris Culliver was cleared to play Thursday evening against Georiga on Saturday, according to multiple sources. Culliver was held out of the Gamecocks opener against Southern Miss while the NCAA was investigating an insurance policy he had taken out to protect his draft status in the event of an injury. Culliver and head coach Steve Spurrier both suggested earlier in the week the cornerback would be suiting up against the Bulldogs, and now it appears official. This is great news for the Gamecocks especially on the heels of Georiga wide receiver A.J. Green receiving his suspension, which will keep him out three more games. South Carolina is still missing tight end Weslye Saunders and left tackle Jarriel King as the NCAA continues to look at King's extended and discounted stay at The Whitney Hotel in downtown Columbia to determine if he still owes rent. There have been no recent updates on Saunders' status.
- Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt announced that one player has been dismissed from the team, and another has been suspended, both for "violation of team rules." Junior offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson has been dismissed from the Rebels football team while sophomore linebacker Brandon Sanders has been suspended indefinitely. Johnson started five games in his career, including in the Rebels season-opening loss to Jacksonville State. Sanders recorded seven tackles in 11 games in 2009, and appeared in the opener but did not record a tackle.
No specifics have been given regarding the cause of the suspension, but it is interesting that head coach Houston Nutt is so quick to dismiss and suspend players for violating team rules. Nutt's tone is unbelievably forgiving when it comes to Oregon transfer Jeremiah Masoli, but he is quick to bring down punishment on other players. This sentiment has been shared by many Rebels fans, who are questioning the double standard Nutt is holding to his football program.