I am curious to see if the national media will cry death penalty, given the rise of South Carolina football starting playing major bowls since 2009 raises an eyebrow.
South Carolina acknowledged Monday the school received a notice of allegations from the NCAA regarding possible violations by its football program and other sports.
The charges spelled out by the NCAA include claims that 12 student-athletes received an estimated $47,000 in impermissible benefits from a local hotel through reduced rent and that nine players received special arrangements to pay at a later date.
It is also alleged that two people deemed representatives of the school made impermissible contact with recruits and provided them impermissible benefits. The violations were said to have occurred between spring 2009 and February 2011.
“We have and will continue to cooperate fully with the NCAA in all aspects of their review,” said athletics director Eric Hyman said in a statement. “Any pertinent information from the NCAA that can help us strengthen our athletics program will be used as an opportunity to make positive change.”
The school has 90 days to respond to the NCAA notice and then is expected to appear before the committee on infractions.