The NCAA handed South Carolina a notice of allegations for potential major violations. Twelve Gamecocks athletes (10 of them football players) accepted more than $47,000 in improper benefits. Two boosters also served as third-party recruiters and provided more than $8,000 in impermissible benefits to prospective recruits. SC has been accused of failing to monitor both instances. South Carolina could be considered a repeat violator, since its last NCAA case was settled in 2005.
Here are the basic details:
Improper Benefits: From May 2009 through October 2010, Twelve athlete-students were renting two-bedroom suites at the Whitney Hotel for the rate of $14.59 per night (rate I found: $156.97 per night). Said athlete-students essentially were living at the hotel, receiving the discount on the room and not having to pay rent elsewhere. The Hotel also allowed nine of the athletes to defer payment, which is an impermissible loan. Total benefits: more than $47,000.
Boosters: Kevin Lahn and Steve Gordon, deemed boosters by the NCAA, had impermissible contact and provided more than $8,000 in impermissible benefits to prospective South Carolina athletes and their families through their “Student-Athlete Mentoring Foundation.”
Failure to Monitor: Both charges.
Since the NCAA has shown neither consistency nor logic in its dealings with its member institutions, it would be imprudent to predict the severity of sanctions at this time. Guessing there will be games vacated.
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