The NCAA is on a mission to crack down on college athletes who are in contact with sports agents. Two North Carolina football players, Greg Little and Marvin Austin, have been questioned by the NCAA about their alleged accepting of gifts from agents. Word of advice boys, come clean. If not they might receive the same treatment former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant got for not leveling with an NCAA investigation, ineligible for the entire season. That would cripple what is expected to be a great football season for the Tar Heels.
Now comes word that South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders is in the cross hairs of a NCAA investigation for possible rules violations. The NCAA wants to know if Saunders, who is friends with Marvin Austin, had some things "taken care of" by agents according to a source of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper.
“I’m not accusing Weslye of anything. He may be innocent. He may just know those (North Carolina) guys,” South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said. “But we’ll just have to wait and see how it all comes out.”
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According to the four-letter (ESPN), Austin and Saunders took a trip to South Florida during the spring and the NCAA is questioning the players to see if there was any contact with agents which would jeopardize their eligibility for the 2010 season.
University of South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman released the following statment:
"The NCAA has been in contact with us regarding a possible rules violation in one of our programs. We have and will continue to cooperate fully with their inquiry. We have confidence in our compliance program and will work with the NCAA to bring this matter to a resolution in a timely fashion."
Saunders is a major offensive weapon for the Gamecocks. He finished the 2009 season with 32 receptions, third best on the team.
Here's some highlights from Weslye Saunders' 2009 season. (Thanks Youtube.com/gamecockpower01)
Photo Courtesy: The (Columbia, S.C.) State Newspaper