Weslye Saunders dismissed from USC


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders has been dismissed from the football team.

Athletics Director Eric Hyman announced the dismissal Wednesday.

"Weslye Saunders is no longer part of our football program," said Hyman. "Beyond that I will have no further comment."

Saunders, a 6-5, 270-pounder from Durham, N.C., had been suspended indefinitely since August 23 following a violation of team rules.

Last month, Saunders was questioned about possible improper contact with a sports agent.

According to a published report, the NCAA is also looking into the living arrangements of Saunders and some of his teammates who have rooms at the Whitney hotel.

An NCAA spokesperson said they’re working cooperatively with USC, but wouldn’t go into specifics about the investigation.

Surprised that it took this long.  Saunders’ schtick had tired the folks in Columbia; and, we’ve been scratching our head at why Steve Spurrier would put up with him any longer.  This entry/article should be read in tandem with today’s entry.

The perception will always be he did something wrong, yes. Because he did something(s) wrong. Outside of the NCAA stuff, he lied to his coach (more than once) and was also suspended in January.

Those are wrong things. As Steve Spurrier likes to say, we all have track records and we cannot escape the record of our actions. Even if Weslye didn’t take a thing from an agent, he’s created this perception for himself. He doesn’t need me, or anyone else, to “vilify” him. This is his own prison.

Great reward and responsibility go hand in hand. I’m held to a standard of behavior. So is Weslye. So is everyone. Just don’t be all shocked and appalled when you get called for doing silly things that include public reprimand by your authority (Spurrier, in this case).

Heck, I heard this week the players had to vote in January whether to keep Saunders, a senior, on the team. Track record. You’re allowed to slowly make up ground on your track record (see: Garcia, Stephen), but not when you pull stunts like Saunders did Saturday, lying on top of lying.

This link will take you to a lot more on the current breaking news related to Saunders. We’ve been following Saunders since the news of his NCAA problems first broke because of his ‘special’ links to NC State (Link) as well as Marvin Austin and one of the many prongs of the UNC-CH scandals/academic fraud/lack of institutional control issues.

One day…maybe…if you are lucky…UNC-CH will actually speak about their athletes.  For example, when Carolina ‘cleared’ running back Shaun Draughn this week (surely after an appearance in front of the Honor Court), look at how much cooperating and transparency we got:

In making the announcement, UNC did not specify why Draughn was held out of the LSU game.

Coach Butch Davis said there was no update on the other 12 players who missed the opener, although everyone except defensive tackle Marvin Austin is expected to practice this week. Austin was suspended indefinately by Davis for violating unspecified team rules.

Draughn, who will not be available to the media until after Saturday’s game, was the Tar Heels’ starter for the first eight games of 2009 before a shoulder injury ended his season. He still finished as the team’s second-leading rusher with 567 yards and one touchdown and was expected to start against LSU before he was held out while the school worked with the NCAA to determine his eligibility status.

Shhhhh!!  Don’t ask, don’t tell.  Ju$t win, Baby.  It’s the “Carolina Way”

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25 Responses to Weslye Saunders dismissed from USC

  1. Alpha Wolf 09/15/2010 at 3:08 PM #

    Et tu, “Flagship of the UNC System, place of all that’s right and holy in both Carolinas?”

    Yeah, I am talking to YOU IC interlopers.

  2. TOBtime 09/15/2010 at 3:24 PM #

    IC = Interrelated Clowns

    Hope you drop by to see what we think of you too, BARRY. If the shoe fits, wear it. In this case, if the hat fits.

  3. MattN 09/15/2010 at 3:29 PM #

    They (UNC) are behaving EXACTLY like SoCal.

    How’d that work out for them? http://www.latimesmagazine.com/2010/09/the-fall-of-troy.html

    “The NCAA infractions committee decided to punish the program heavily based not just on what USC knew but what it considered USC should have known. And as NCAA bylaw states, it had the right to do so: The committee can base its decision on information it determines “credible, persuasive and of a kind on which reasonably prudent persons rely in the conduct of serious affairs.”

  4. StateFans 09/15/2010 at 3:30 PM #

    I don’t think this can be good news for Austin & Little and some of the other guys like Burney & Brown

  5. MrPlywood 09/15/2010 at 3:31 PM #

    IC = ignorant castrati

  6. MrPlywood 09/15/2010 at 3:35 PM #

    “They (UNC) are behaving EXACTLY like SoCal.”

    On the upside, UNX won’t have to return any Heismans or have any NCs vacated.

  7. WULF 09/15/2010 at 3:37 PM #

    I can’t wait to see what Bury Slanders has to say about his son being dismissed….

  8. Scooter 09/15/2010 at 3:42 PM #

    All eyes return to Chapel Hill… surely this inspires SOMETHING out of that “Honor Court” on the landfill west of Raleigh. No wonder Erky Bowels is so proud.

  9. Alpha Wolf 09/15/2010 at 3:43 PM #

    It is going to be such a bummer for Carolina to have to return those Tire Bowl Runner Up Trophies…

  10. Alpha Wolf 09/15/2010 at 3:46 PM #

    Can Weslye enroll immediately in Chapel Hill? They may have a few roster spots…

  11. WULF 09/15/2010 at 3:47 PM #

    Alpha just made me laugh so hard I almost fell out of my office chair!

  12. Mike 09/15/2010 at 4:05 PM #

    My dad always told me to be careful who I hang out with. Even if I did nothing wrong, those around me could bring me down by association.

    My only Q here is who is bringing whom down? Or is it whom is bringing who down? Guess I should have paid better attention in English 101. Anyway, not sure which is worse, but cant wait to hear more details. Also glad Weslye did not choose us a few years back.

  13. TOBtime 09/15/2010 at 4:08 PM #

    ^Good one Alpha.

    Can you imagine Bad-doer saying “most of our defense is no longer part of our football program”? You just can’t help but wonder. The Alabama player gets suspended, the GA player gets suspended, little barry gets dismissed yet no word out of the hole. Come on NCAA, step up to the plate and swing the bat!

  14. LRM 09/15/2010 at 4:28 PM #

    They might not have to vacate any NCs, but I bet ol’ Butch wishes he could vacate the three losses to State and two Car Bowl losses he’s amassed so far.

  15. IamGumbyDammit 09/15/2010 at 5:01 PM #

    I feel sorriest for Ms Saunders, what with having Barry for a husband and Weslye for a son. I wonder what terrible thing she did to deserve such a kharma double smack-down.

  16. jondehart 09/15/2010 at 5:23 PM #

    It gets even more interesting, check out this link to ESPN :


  17. TallyHo 09/15/2010 at 6:00 PM #

    He would’ve gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you racist State fans.

  18. ADVENTUROO 09/15/2010 at 6:01 PM #


    I agree with your Dad. I also have another analogy. When I spray for poison ivy, I always try to distinguish plain old “IVY”….you know the kind….the stuff that is supposed to be climbing all those hallowed University Buildings that purport to be bastions of higher education. I ALSO try to distinguish between Virginia Creeper (which has 5 leaves) and Poison Ivy, which has THREE….remmeber the Leave of Three….Leave me BE.

    However, there are times when some misguided Ivy and Virgina Creeper will start to invade the turf where the Poison Ivy ordinarily grows. As Mama Virginia Creeper and Mama Ivy warned her young….you will be at risk or SPRAYED with Round-up if you hang out with Poison Ivy.

    SO….I just spray the whole area. Eventually some nicer plants will come back….

    I think that young Weslye (or was it WesLIE) just got sprayed.

    NOW, how LONG will it take for the Revs Jackson, Sharpton and Barber to charter luxury buses for the folks that MUST protest the racial injustice and inequality of OUSTING Young Mr. Saunders?

    Why, I’ll bet that they have alread sent their service vehicles (the Escalade Fleet) to the area so that when they step off their private jets.

    I realize the Mr. Barber has an unusually heavy schedule, what with attending Board meetings and also making sure that his bail bondsman has enough cash in the account for those unexpected and pesky arrests.

    OH, the audicity of the University…..

  19. TheCOWDOG 09/15/2010 at 8:23 PM #

    Alpha. WTF has gotten into you? Some kinda pent up sumpin, sumpin?

    Did you get PM’ed? Haven’t seen that kind of fire since your own back alley brawl with the guy that builds arks. I like it.

    As for Mike’s ” WHO IS BRINGING DOWN WHOM ” You’ve always known the answer.

    It was stated here on this site, in week one.

    ” If Saunders goes down, so does half of UNC’s D. ” Week one.

    Now, this ain’t about horn tooting, it’s about how someone in Gamecockland knew what was up way back then and was compelled to let an old competitor chum in on it. He’s been dead nut center from the get go, and by the way, has had nothing more to say. All class.

    What do you suppose young Wes disclosed to his official NCAA inquisitor on two rendevous, no less? Oh, Marcus Wilson for those in faison, as Golden Chain likes to say. ( Someday, he might explain that to this brickhead.)

    Why was UNC prepared for the first bomb? Agent gate. And caught napping, in panic mode, exactly one day after Saunders’ suspension? Nanny Gate.

    This is where ADVENTUROO’s ivy analogy fits. Wes ran with the wrong cat in Big Marve. (Not that he was running with good kitties prior.)

    Wesely Snipes…er…Saunders out cooled himself.

    Theory all you want about Darious and Green, but Saunders is the stilleto in Don Carolina’s back.

  20. highstick 09/15/2010 at 9:23 PM #

    You ARE BRILLIANT, Dog, just like we’ve been saying for weeks….He did it to himself and as I said before “Weslye is the Deep Throat of Agentgate”!!!

    And when he went on the radio a week or so ago, he sealed his fate!

    Watch for more in Chapel Hill now..

  21. blpack 09/15/2010 at 11:37 PM #

    All lies lead to Chapel Hill. Kudos to S Carolina for dealing with a bad seed. If only UNC-cheat had the foresight.

  22. Ismael 09/16/2010 at 3:35 AM #

    ahh, but that’s the rub. the arrogant think they’ll never get caught, and if you read those douche-nozzles on IC (and im talking about these roundtable aholes Deems May, Paschal et al) its because they are hated either for no rational reason or because they are on the “cusp of greatness”.

    “The longest and hardest of falls are from the pedestals of conceit atop the columns of arrogance”

  23. wufpup76 09/16/2010 at 5:11 AM #


    Front page baby !!!!

    “He would’ve gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you racist State fans.”

    ^That is all kinds of awesome.

    Scooby Scooby Doo!

  24. bradleyb123 09/16/2010 at 7:10 AM #

    There is a glaring difference between USC and UNC:

    USC DISMISSES their bad apples. Carolina SUSPENDS theirs.

    It is clear that Carolina only cares about salvaging whatever they can in all this. It is not their goal to take punishment for their transgressions. Their goal is to minimize it and proceed ahead. I believe they arrogantly still just want to win as many games as they can, without regard for the rules.

    I hope the fix isn’t in, but I’m afraid it is. I used to just want a fair punishment for what they did. But now I just want them to get nailed to the wall.

  25. highstick 09/16/2010 at 10:41 AM #

    That’s why South Carolina refers to them as the UN-Carolina!!

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