In response to a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, South Carolina has announced that it will give up at least six football scholarships over the next three seasons as part of self-imposed sanctions.
In their response to the allegations, the South Carolina Gamecocks did not dispute that there was negligence on their part. The school is also self-imposing a three-year probation and limitation of official visits for the football team.
According to the notification, the nearby Whitney Hotel allegedly provided $47,000 worth of reduced rent to 12 student-athletes and made special arrangements with 9 of them to make deferred rent payments between 2009 and 2010. Most of the student-athletes lived in a two-bedroom suite for approximately $15/day. South Carolina has been accused of not properly-monitoring these agreements.
The NCAA's decision whether or not to impose further sanctions will be announced at a hearing in February.
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