Tag:Weslye Saunders
Posted on: September 15, 2010 2:57 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 3:30 pm
 

Gamecocks dismiss Weslye Saunders from team

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It looks like the NCAA's investigation about football players and their involvement with agents has claimed another victim.

Word broke on Wednesday afternoon that the South Carolina Gamecocks had dismissed the previously suspended tight end Weslye Saunders from the team. Saunders had been suspended indefinitely by Steve Spurrier for a "violation of team rules," though Spurrier also said at the time that it had nothing to do with Saunders' alleged residence at the Whitney Hotel in Miami or the NCAA's investigation.

“Weslye Saunders is no longer part of our football program,” said South Carolina AD Eric Hyman in a release. “Beyond that I will have no further comment.”

Whitney, along with other players like North Carolina 's Marvin Austin and Alabama 's Marcell Dareus , came under scrutiny for living in the Whitney Hotel with questions about how they were paying for their stay. The players were all asked to vacate the hotel in August and pay off any outstanding balances--something Whitney reportedly did with the help of a loan -- but Saunders and a number of teammates reportedly still reside there.

Whitney, a native of Durham, North Carolina has also admitted to being a long time friend of Marvin Austin.

Updates on this developing story as they come.

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Starting/Sitting: Tennessee, South Carolina

Posted by Chip Patterson

Good news for Tennessee fans as they will get to see prized recruit Justin Hunter in the Vols season opener against Tennessee-Martin.  Hunter was awaiting a decision from the NCAA Clearinghouse after being benched August 19 when an online summer class was called into question.  Now cleared for the 2010 season, Hunter will begin his freshman campaign as the No. 2 receiver for the Volunteers.

One of Derek Dooley's first recruits, Hunter chose Tennessee over LSU late just weeks before National Signing Day.  He has made quite the impression on the coaching staff this fall, and should have the opportunity to make an impact immediately.  An Olympic caliber high-jumper with a 6-4 183 pound frame, it's hard to imagine he won't.

SaundersWhile it has long been expected, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier confirmed that TE Weslye Saunders will not play in the Gamecocks opener on Thursday against Southern Miss.  Saunders has been suspended since August 23 for matters unrelated to the current NCAA agent investigation, and Ol' Ball Coach reiterated his distaste for the matter to ESPN.com's Chris Low on Tuesday.

"He's not on the team. He won't play Thursday," Spurrier said.

His suspension is reportedly a result of lying to coaches about missed meetings as opposed to the open investigation regarding his trip to Miami and its funding.  Either way, the senior tight end is not doing himself any favors in the eyes of the program by continuing his missteps.

Saunders might not end up being the only Gamecock with off-field issues, as Coach Spurrier is waiting to hear back from the NCAA regarding the misuse of hotel rooms by several South Carolina players.  

Saunders, defensive backs Akeem Auguste and C.C. Whitlock could be facing punishment from the NCAA for their reduced-rate stay at a swanky Columbia hotel that lasted for months.  
 
 
 
 
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