NCAA alleges South Carolina athletes got illegal benefits
CLINTON, S.C. (AP) - The NCAA has sent South Carolina a notice of allegations to university President Harris Pastides.
The NCAA letter received Monday says 12 athletes in football and women's track received an extra benefit of $47,000 for staying at a local hotel for a reduced rate. The NCAA also says officials with the Student Athlete Mentoring Foundation provided $8,000 worth of impermissible benefits and inducements for South Carolina athletes and prospects.
The NCAA requested South Carolina respond by Dec. 14 and appear before the Committee on Infractions in Los Angeles next February.
South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier and track and field coach Curtis Frye were among those asked to attend the hearing.
The NCAA began its investigation in the summer of 2010. South Carolina received a letter of inquiry last September.
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