nets suspension for ECU's Flournoy ... Cincinnati will enter
Big East without Huggins ... VPI poised to pony up to keep
Virginia announces halt to ECU ticket sales ... Polling
company unveils official BCS voters list
West angling for clearer path to BCS
Press preseason college football poll
signs $1.7 million per year deal with UVa
West tidying up postseason deals
1070 touts Pirates, Panthers, new shows ... Fort Worth Bowl
embraces Mountain West, TCU... NYC schools reap windfall
from NCAA-NIT deal
inks football coach to long-term pact ... NCAA, NIT
apparently come to terms in lawsuit
takes stand in NCAA-NIT legal clash
decree has some schools on war path
sheriff brings law and order to Gatorville
2005 College Football Hall of Fame class
Bend at odds with Hall of Fame over $$$
Stadium among 'shrines' on pigskin 'tour'
offense may stay in holster awhile
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Mayo's destination has well-worn path to ECU
While senior safety Jamar Flournoy was
being relegated by East Carolina coach Skip
Holtz to a season on the scout squad for
disciplinary reasons, another promising
player missing from the team's roster is expected to turn up at another
school for a two-year stay before potentially returning to the Pirates.
Talented Griffin (GA) High School
running back Ahmad Mayo did not receive NCAA academic clearance and is
headed for Georgia Military Institute, where he will play for Coach Bert
Over the years, GMI has served as a
sort of training ground for players who would eventually become factors for
ECU. This season, highly-touted wide receiver Aundrae Allison transferred to
the Pirates from GMI. Before him, stalwarts like Keith Stokes (1998),
Derrick Collier (1999), Dexter Davis (1999), Ronald Pou (2000), and current
corner Demetrius Hodges (2004), used GMI as a springboard to ECU.
The junior college route could allow
for Mayo to re-sign with the Pirates in 2007, which would validate his
skills at running around and through obstructions to reach a goal.
Mayo’s road to ECU has been one paved
with plenty of hard times and obstacles, yet he arrived on campus and put
together a productive pre-season camp with the Pirates while awaiting a
green light from the NCAA that never came.
That persistence is seen by some
observers as a sign that Mayo will continue to persevere at GMI, get his
academic credentials in order and return to the Purple and Gold.
Once he meets the NCAA's mandated
requirements, Mayo would also have the option of signing elsewhere.
Bonesville.net staff report
NCAA adds extra year to Gamecocks' probation
COLUMBIA — The NCAA added an extra year
to South Carolina's self-imposed two years' probation, but did not impose
sanctions on TV or postseason appearances for 10 violations that occurred
during the tenure of retired football coach Lou Holtz.
The NCAA Committee on Infractions
reviewed South Carolina's case earlier this month. Committee vice chairman
Josephine Potuto wrote university president Andrew Sorensen on Aug. 16 that
the group ``concurred that the university's investigation into the
violations set forth in the report was thorough and complete.''
South Carolina had already placed
itself on probation, taken away four scholarships from the football program
over the next two years and reduced by 12 the number of paid on-campus
visits by recruits.
The NCAA panel adopted those penalties
and extended the probation.
NCAA will also require the school to
forward the infractions report to its regional accrediting agency, and
imposed a four-year show cause order should former South Carolina
administrator Tom Perry try for employment at another athletic department.
Sorensen wrote to the NCAA committee
accepting the additional penalties.
``We are satisfied with the results,''
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. ``We appreciate the NCAA basically
agreeing with our proposal. For the next couple of years, we will only have
83 players on scholarship.''
In July, the university released a
summary disposition report, prepared jointly with the NCAA, that outlined 10
violations — five of which South Carolina admitted were major. The NCAA said
one violation that the school deemed secondary was a major infraction. The
disagreement will be settled in the NCAA's final report to the school,
university spokesman Russ McKinney said.
New South Carolina athletic director
Eric Hyman said the NCAA's decision ``brings closure to this situation.''
Perry, an ex-senior associate athletic
director for academic support services, was at the center of the most
serious violations. The report found Perry arranged for impermissible
tutoring help during the summer of 2001 for two prospective players who were
coming from two-year colleges. After the incident was self-reported, Perry
declared the athletes ineligible and made the players make restitution for
The NCAA panel's letter appears to
close a case that it first looked into more than three years ago.
Holtz told The Associated Press by
phone Wednesday night that no money or job offers were given to athletes and
no recruiting inducements made.
``The three year probation without
restrictions says volumes,'' he said. ``USC will still appear on TV. It will
still go to bowl games.''
Holtz said he hadn't commented much
before on the matter because he hadn't seen the NCAA report before
``I am sorry that any rules were
violated and I apologize for any embarrassment in my six years at USC,''
Holtz said. ``We tried to operate not only according to the letter of the
law but the spirit of the law as well.''
After practice Wednesday, Spurrier said he and his staff didn't plan to
break any NCAA rules.
``If we do accidentally, we'll report
ourselves and go on from there,'' he said.
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