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NCAA suspends Gamecock WR Byrd for four games

Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:18 pm
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Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The NCAA apparently doesn't think much of the Student Athlete Mentoring Foundation.

A day after the Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd was suspended two games for his involvement with the Delaware-based S.A.M. (a decision which drew down as much furious wrath from Will Muschamp as it's possible to get in a single prepared statement), South Carolina freshman wide receiver Damiere Byrd was suspended four games for his association with the same organization.

Byrd sat out the Gamecocks' win over East Carolina because of S.A.M.-related concerns over his eligibilty and will also miss Carolina's games against Georgia, Navy and Vanderbilt. He will return for the Gamecocks' Oct. 1 home game against Auburn.

Like Floyd, Byrd will have to make a $2,700 repayment of "recruiting inducements and impermissible benefits" to charity before the NCAA will restore his eligibility. Unlike Floyd, however (who the NCAA found to have not received his benefits from a Florida booster), some of Byrd's were reportedly offered by a Gamecock booster. According to a statement by the NCAA, those booster's benefits "included lodging, transportation and meals during multiple unofficial visits to the University of South Carolina. It also included several parties at the booster’s home and gift cards."

S.A.M. president Steve Gordon told Columbia newspaper The State that while Byrd took Foundation-sponsored trips, Byrd's family -- including father Adrian Byrd, the S.A.M vice-president -- paid for them rather the Foundation itself.

Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman called Byrd an "outstanding individual" who "had no idea that being part of the Student Athlete Mentoring Foundation would in any way affect his college eligibility." Hyman suggested the program might appeal on Byrd's behalf, but that Byrd would remain ineligible while the appeal was heard.

A consensus four-star recruit from Sicklerville, N.J., Byrd made waves throughout fall camp and was in line to join the Gamecocks' receiving rotation (though a starting job in the veteran unit remained unlikely). A redshirt following the suspension is possible.


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Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 8:47 am
 

NCAA suspends Gamecock WR Byrd for four games

So the Florida players gets a two game suspension and South Carolina's player gets a 4 game suspension.
Justice...NCAA style.

Says right in the article:  " Unlike Floyd, however (who the NCAA found to have not received his benefits from a Florida booster), some of Byrd's were reportedly offered by a Gamecock booster".   Other articles on this matter have stated that Floyd's suspension was reduced becase the Student Athlete Mentoring Foundation has no ties to the Florida program.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 1:19 am
 

BS

More pompous BS from the NCAA.  This kid's dad is the VP.  The money came from his own family.  Mark Emmert is going to let The Ohio State University skate while they hammer this kid for nothing.  What a bunch of jack coughs.  



Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 1:07 am
 

NCAA suspends Gamecock WR Byrd for four games

Yeah but apparently Byrd was receiveing alot of benefits that Florida player wasn't getting on his visits. So that changes things between to 2 just a little bit. I know you're a cock fan but lets not overlook that little tid bit.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:19 pm
 

NCAA suspends Gamecock WR Byrd for four games

So the Florida players gets a two game suspension and South Carolina's player gets a 4 game suspension.
Justice...NCAA style.


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