Gamecocks TE Saunders' latest issue not NCAA-related


Following up on a report from earlier this evening, South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders will indeed miss some practice.  However, it has nothing to do with the NCAA’s investigation into the player.


Head coach Steve Spurrier said Monday evening that Saunders has been “temporarily suspended” for violating an unspecified team rule.

Travis Haney of the Charleston Post & Courier tweeted that “Spurrier was asked 3 or 4 different ways and gave the same answer.  Violation team [of] rules.  Not NCAA stuff.”

With the regular season just 11 days away for most schools, just when — or if — the NCAA probe will come to a head remains to be seen.  It also brings into play the very real possibility that some schools — particularly North and South Carolina — could have some tough personnel decision to make if the NCAA hasn’t concluded their investigation before the season kicks off.