Thursday, August 26, 2010

South Carolina Situation Looking Grim

By Joseph Person of The State

COLUMBIA - Some South Carolina football players owed the Whitney Hotel several thousand dollars after receiving reduced room rates during extended stays that have come under NCAA scrutiny, a source close to the situation told The (Columbia) State on Wednesday.

Multiple sources said some players had been living at the Whitney since the spring while paying a rate of $450 per month. Officials determined players should have been paying about $1,200 a month, and players were told by school officials to pay the difference to the hotel.

For at least two players who had not made any payments, the resolution meant they owed the hotel close to $5,000, according to one of the sources.

Coach Steve Spurrier would not comment when asked about players owing thousands to the hotel. Jamie Blevins, general manager of the Whitney, has referred all questions to the NCAA.

Last week, Spurrier said he had encouraged players to pay their bills and move out of the Whitney.

Most complied with Spurrier's request, although tight end Weslye Saunders had a room at the Whitney as of Wednesday night, The State confirmed. Saunders is one of at least 10 players who lived at the Whitney during the summer, sources said.

Six projected starters are among the players linked to the Whitney.

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