South Carolina Football: Gamecocks Cooperate with NCAA, Get 'Failure to Monitor'

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterApril 27, 2012

Former South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders
Former South Carolina tight end Weslye SaundersKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

South Carolina received its final verdict from the NCAA in the Whitney hotel scandal, and the news was good for the Gamecocks.

The NCAA cited the program for failing to monitor its program in a responsible way, after it was discovered that student-athletes were living off-campus at the Whitney Hotel at a heavily discounted rate.

The "failure to monitor" tag will grab the headlines, other than that designation, the news is good for the Gamecocks.

The NCAA essentially accepted most of South Carolina's self-imposed penalties, which include a reduction of three football scholarship per year during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 years, a reduction of three scholarships from the total of 85 during those same years, and probation for three years ending on April 26, 2015.

The committee commended South Carolina for its cooperation and "going beyond standard expectations," which played a big part in the program not receiving a postseason football ban.

Good for the NCAA.

The grand total of South Carolina's offenses totalled approximately $59,000, and the University moved swiftly to rectify the situation as fast and as responsibly as it could. That response included the suspension—and subsequent dismissal—of star tight end Weslye Saunders in the fall of 2010.

In addition to the suspension of Saunders, the University levied some rather harsh infractions on itself, which the NCAA also noted was important when they were determining the penalties.