NCAA Hands South Carolina Football Three Years Probation

By Kris Hughes

Over the course of the past few months, the University of South Carolina football program has been under the close watch of the NCAA for potential violations related to players living in a hotel funded by program boosters.

South Carolina self-imposed certain restrictions on its football program, which included scholarship reductions, recruiting restrictions, an $18,500 fine and the dismissal of two boosters from any association with the program.

On top of these self-imposed restrictions, the NCAA has handed the Gamecocks a three-year probation term lasting through April 2015. Under the restrictions of the NCAA probation, the following conditions will be applied:

  • A reduction of total football scholarships by three (from the total number of 85 available) during both the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years.
  • Limits on official visits for both the football and men’s and women’s track and field programs. The football program in this case is only allowed 30 of its normal 56 official visit offers and the track and field program receives an unstated reduction.
Other more minor self-imposed restrictions from South Carolina were accepted by the NCAA, and likely lessened the overall penalty which would have been levied to the football program in particular had the school not chosen to self-impose.

South Carolina is predicted to have one of it’s best seasons in recent history with some early Top 25 polls placing them within the Top 10 and among the SEC’s best teams.

These sanctions are light enough that they won’t really change the face of how things operate in Columbia.

The moral of the story— always self-impose penalties.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports. If you enjoy his takes, you can follow Kris on Twitter, check out his personal Facebook page, or stop by his personal Tumblr page.

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