USC reports NCAA violations

CHARLESTON -- South Carolina football coaches twice contacted student athletes when they shouldn't have, part of the eight NCAA secondary violations the athletic department reported between January and June.

The Columbia school said on Jan. 29, the football coaching staff had contact with a prospective student athlete on a competition day in another sport.

Then on March 7, South Carolina said its football staff contacted a prospect "outside of the permissible contact period."

Also, another violation concerned the use of a picture of a current athlete in a football camp brochure, also against NCAA rules. The school reported that in April.

Last semester, the school also reported three secondary violations involving the football program -- one that dealt with Jerri Spurrier's longtime practice of sending prospects who had signed with husband Steve's teams her good wishes.

The other violations from the current semester were:

• two women's soccer players competed for an outside team before the end of the final exam period.

• the volleyball coaching staff conducted required athletically related activities the week before final exams.

• a women's tennis player competed as part of a team in a league considered professional.

• a baseball player practiced and played while not enrolled full-time.

• a men's track athlete practiced and competed while not enrolled full-time.

The school said the NCAA granted all requests to restore athlete eligibility in the violations.

Five of the secondary violations were classified as Level I, which means reports are sent from the Southeastern Conference to the NCAA enforcement staff for review.

The rest are Level II, which the league office forwards to the NCAA at the end of the academic year.

Also, South Carolina reported six positive tests for marijuana and one for a prescription drug without an authorized prescription.

The athletic department said it conducted 41 tests for anabolic steroids and 200 for drugs of abuse during the past six months.

South Carolina routinely releases its NCAA secondary violations and its wellness report.

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