“Some stayed, some go.”

For something that’s not supposed to be a distraction, the Whitney Hotel sure is distracting.

The NCAA interviewed South Carolina football players last week about their residency at a Columbia hotel — an arrangement that apparently will end soon.

At least three players have been staying at Whitney Hotel in the Shandon area for several months, and NCAA investigators are trying to determine whether they received a cheaper rate than what is available to the general public. If so, that could constitute an extra benefit.

Tight end Weslye Saunders, who remains at the center of an NCAA investigation into potentially illegal contact with an agent, is one of three known players with rooms at the Whitney. Offensive tackle Jarriel King and defensive tackle Travian Robertson are the others.

An athletics department official told at least one of the players to move out of the hotel, according to a source close to the situation.

USC coach Steve Spurrier said Saturday he did not ask players to leave but indicated some might be checking out of the hotel.

Maybe they found nicer accommodations.

I still don’t sense that this is too much of a big deal…

“Anyone can poke around our program. We don’t have anything to hide. Poke on everything — the hours we practice and train,” Spurrier said. “They can poke on everything we do. And our compliance people poke, too.”

… but when you’re trying to get your team ready for what many think may be a breakout season, getting nibbled on by mice can still be a major pain in the arse.


Filed under 'Cock Envy, The NCAA

5 responses to ““Some stayed, some go.”

  1. AthensHomerDawg

    Watching the The Visor talk about USC practice gives one the impression of a coach that just is not a happy guy. Why do I get a mental picture of him on his front porch yelling at the neighborhood kids to stay off his lawn?


  2. gatriguy

    Spurrier is learning that it was a lot easier at Florida when the NCAA didn’t want to find anything. Let’s not forget Tank Black and Fred Taylor. He just didn’t realize how willing the NCAA was/is to.turn a blind eye to all things UF.


  3. Dog in Fla

    “some might be checking out of the hotel.”

    The Eagle has landed at the Hotel Whitney?

    “Some dance to remember, some dance to forget….They stab it with their steely knives,
    But they just can’t kill the beast

    Last thing I remember, I was
    Running for the door
    I had to find the passage back
    To the place I was before
    ’relax,’ said the night man,
    We are programmed to receive.
    You can checkout any time you like,
    But you can never leave!”


  4. RedCrake

    Lil’ Stevie sure seems infatuated with the idea of somebody poking him.