BREAKING NEWS: Weslye Saunders (I spelled it ‘correctly’) questioned by NCAA

If we polled NC State fans for some of their least favorite players in college football history, South Carolina’s Weslye Saunders would rank much higher than anyone would ever expect from a tight end that plays for a non-conference opponent that calls Columbia, SC home.

Last August, we highlighted the following classless comment from Weslye before the season began in this entry:

“I’m going to talk to Coach (Steve) Spurrier beforehand and see if he’s OK if I get a 15-yard penalty,” Saunders said. “Because I’m gonna do some sort of extra celebration if I get a touchdown on the Wolfpack.”

Saunders was stupid enough to follow that pre-game warning by participating in an incident on the field where he appeared to kick a Wolfpack football player. His daddy proceeded to waste no time or the resources of his financially struggling employer to write an irrelevant and ridiculously self-serving (non-sports) article defending his little boy the next week. (Linked here)

Saunders daddy, you ask? Well…that doesn’t work in the youngster’s favor, either. You see, Weslye has the unfortunate ‘pleasure’ of being the son of the News & Observer‘s racially-obsessed, NC State-hating general hypocrite, Barry Saunders. (With Barry’s spelling skills as evidenced by his son’s name, is it any wonder why so many people question how he has kept his job all of these years?)

Well…today it appears that the entitled and talented young Sauders has been rubbing elbows with some folks that have the NCAA interested in him. ESPN’s Joe Schad is reporting

South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders confirmed Sunday that he recently spoke with NCAA investigators in connection with a probe of the North Carolina football program.

Saunders, considered one of the top tight ends in the country, is close friends with Tar Heels defensive end Marvin Austin, who was also recently questioned by investigators.

On Thursday, a source said that UNC football players — including Austin — were being interviewed by the NCAA this week and asked questions about agents and whether anyone had received gifts or extra benefits.

The source also said that the NCAA’s questions to players were intended to “make sure no Reggie Bush stuff is going on.”

“I’m not really sure what’s going on right now in terms of who’s in trouble and how much,” Saunders said Sunday.

Another source who has visited with Saunders said Sunday the NCAA is interested in time Saunders spent with Austin in South Florida this spring and who paid for hotel rooms and travel.

The investigation began with a phone call from the NCAA, North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour said Thursday, though he declined to say when the call came or when investigators had visited the Chapel Hill campus.

A second source said Thursday that the NCAA asked all of UNC’s projected NFL draft picks, many of whom elected to stay in Chapel Hill, to provide phone records so investigators could see which agents they had spoken with.

The players were also asked who paid for the travel, who paid their rent and which agents they had met with and when, according to the second source. Austin recently tweeted about a trip to Miami.

Super kudos goes to Twitter’s @nickovercash and @dfcf99 for the following tweets this afternoon:

@dfcf99: Definitely a race thing @nickovercash: Wes saunders in trouble with ncaa? Time 4 daddy 2 write column blaming everyone but him

Glad to know that we aren’t the only ones that recognize it.

7:40pm Update: USC’s Eric Hyman Makes a Statement
From College Football Talk:

This evening, South Carolina has released a statement from athletic director Eric Hyman regarding the NCAA’s interest in one member of his football program.

“The NCAA has been in contact with us regarding possible rules violations in one of our programs. We have and will continue to cooperate fully with their inquiry. We have confidence in our compliance program and will work with the NCAA to bring this matter to a resolution in a timely fashion.”

Thus far, it’s student-athletes from North Carolina and South Carolina who have publicly been fingered as being of interest to the NCAA; according to a source, there’s the possibility that the names of at least two more prominent Div. 1-A schools could be made public over the next few days/weeks in relation to an NCAA investigation that has the potential to reach much, much further than its limited public scope right now.

Suffice to say, this is not the last we’ll hear about a probe that’s been described as “deep and far-reaching” by someone with knowledge of the situation.

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18 Responses to BREAKING NEWS: Weslye Saunders (I spelled it ‘correctly’) questioned by NCAA

  1. tuckerdorm1983 07/18/2010 at 5:24 PM #

    what about Greg Little. Such a class act

  2. howlie 07/18/2010 at 5:44 PM #

    Touche’ on the ad title.

  3. highstick 07/18/2010 at 6:14 PM #

    Saunders has no brain whatsoever and I’m both a Wolfpack and Gamecock Club member. He’s just like his old man!

  4. Lunatic Fringe 07/18/2010 at 7:57 PM #

    “I’m not really sure what’s going on right now in terms of who’s in trouble and how much,” Saunders said Sunday.

    ^^ His comment does not really scream “innocent” does it?

  5. 61Packer 07/18/2010 at 7:59 PM #

    COULDN’T HAPPEN TO A NICER GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. tjfoose1 07/18/2010 at 8:05 PM #
  7. hai17 07/18/2010 at 8:14 PM #

    Why do I get a bad feeling about the quote “there’s the possibility that the names of at least two more prominent Div. 1-A schools could be made public over the next few days/weeks”? I wouldn’t exactly say we’re a “prominent” school, but if we even recruited one of these guys the NCAA will probably find a way to punish us for it…

  8. Sw0rdf1sh 07/18/2010 at 8:21 PM #

    In the words of Papa Stupid himself….”Shaddup Ya Punks!”

    Man, does this week have to end?

  9. TOBtime 07/18/2010 at 9:07 PM #

    Yeah Barry, we’re talking about you, the stupid hat and your overrated non-producing son.

  10. StateFans 07/18/2010 at 9:08 PM #


    Just ‘recruiting’ a kid years before he accepts an illegal benefit from an agent would get every school in the country in trouble.

    I shared the exact feeling of concern when I read that statement…then I realized that we have so few real NFL talents that we’re probably in the clear.

    It is an unfortunate truth.

  11. pyejam 07/18/2010 at 9:20 PM #

    well at least if we got wrapped up in this and somehow got in trouble it would give us an excuse to be bad…kidding. It would be nice for TOB to come out and say tomorrow “in light of the news articles about UNC, we haven’t been contacted by the NCAA regarding any type of violations and we’ve reviewed the rules with our players”

  12. Alpha Wolf 07/18/2010 at 9:42 PM #

    ^ I think that it would be best for TOB to say nothing, but call an all-hands meeting with his players (if he hasn’t already) to review the rules with his players.

    NC State should not jump in the middle of this in terms of the media.

  13. wufpup76 07/19/2010 at 2:00 AM #

    Do unto others … And then run.

    Good one, Barry.

  14. RegularExpression 07/19/2010 at 8:48 AM #

    “there’s the possibility that the names of at least two more prominent(emphasis mine) Div. 1-A schools could be made public over the next few days/weeks”

    I don’t think we have anything to worry about…

  15. WolfEyes 07/19/2010 at 1:09 PM #
  16. StateFans 07/19/2010 at 1:19 PM #

    Nice to see 2 SEC programs pulled into it. Hopefully the next one is also SEC.

  17. baxter 07/19/2010 at 1:25 PM #

    So if we beat Cincy we could say we beat the winner of the Sugar Bowl. Vacating victories is awesome.

  18. Dr. BadgerPack 07/21/2010 at 8:34 AM #

    ^Technically, “vacating” only removes a bowl victory from Florida’s record, and does not credit Cincy with the win.

    For Cincy to get a win, the game would have to be a “forfeit”.

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