South Carolina Football: Damiere Byrd Eligibility Back in Question for Auburn

Adam Garrett@lifeofagamecockAnalyst ISeptember 30, 2011

South Carolina thought they were ready to move on from the NCAA issues they had with freshman Damiere Byrd.

Not so fast my friend.

A new issue has been brought up to Coach Steve Spurrier and his staff and now the status of Damiere Byrd is back in question for the Gamecocks. Byrd was recently suspended for four games by the NCAA due to his receipt of impermissible benefits in relation to the S.A.M. Foundation that he was involved in.

Spurrier announced this information during his call-in-show on Thursday night and declined to go into further detail other than to say the NCAA is related.

Byrd spoke to reporters for the first time on Wednesday after his four-game suspension and was excited about the opportunity to finally suit up and play for the Gamecocks. He mentioned how this had been a long week and that the past four weeks have been an extended preseason camp for him.

The Gamecocks were hoping that Damiere Byrd would be an answer, or at least, provide a spark for their struggling passing game through the first four games. Stephen Garcia would certainly love to have that speed on the field this weekend.

Spurrier said he hoped that Damiere Byrd would be cleared in time to play against Auburn but won't know more until sometime Friday.

And the wait continues....