Apparently, one of South Carolina’s team rules is “Thou shalt not make s— up and attempt to feed it to the coaching staff.”
Troubled tight end Weslye Saunders (it’s fair to officially pin the “troubled” label on him, no?) was suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Spurrier for an unspecified violation of team rules. While Spurrier refused to specify the exact reason why Saunders was suspended, he vehemently denied that it was related to the NCAA’s investigation into the player.
In a round about way, however, it does have ties to the NCAA probe. At least based on one report.
According to the Charleston Post & Courier, Saunders missed several team meetings this past Saturday before a scheduled scrimmage. When asked for the reason behind the tardiness, Saunders said he was meeting with NCAA investigators.
The only problem? He wasn’t, as a quick check with the school’s compliance office confirmed.
Let me get this straight: you’re in the midst of an NCAA investigation that could very well cost you your final year of eligibility, or at least a part of it, and you use the very people that are investigating you as an excuse as to why you showed up late? Yeah, makes perfect sense. Very easy to see how you’d get away with that one.
Anyway, following practice Monday, Spurrier said Saunders’ “situation will be determined a little later“; the Post & Courier reported that the suspension could last at least a week.
With the Gamecocks opening their season on Thursday, Sept. 2, one would have to think this latest issue — let alone the NCAA stuff — could keep the talented TE off the field when the school takes the field against Southern Miss.