A South Carolina entourage takes in LA on some not so pleasant business.
… Spurrier and 10 other university coaches, leaders and officials will be in Los Angeles this weekend to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The NCAA says the school received $55,000 in improper benefits for athletes — mostly football players — who stayed at a hotel for a reduced rate and for South Carolina’s involvement with a mentoring group in Delaware.
South Carolina agreed in its response to the NCAA in December that major rules violations did take place.
This is worth keeping an eye on for a couple of reasons. For one, I’m curious to know whether the sanctions South Carolina imposed upon itself – some carefully measured scholarship reductions and official visits cutbacks – are enough for a newly feisty NCAA enforcement section. (Along those lines, you have to wonder how the ‘Cocks hire of Ohio State’s former compliance officer goes down with those people.)
Secondly, even if the NCAA decides it’s satisfied with the punishment the school has doled out for itself, how Spurrier recruits with the reductions in the SEC’s new era of the soft 25-man cap will be of interest, as he’s been fairly aggressive with roster management over the past couple of seasons.