Report: USC players received discounted rates

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Several South Carolina football players received discounted rates to stay at a local hotel.

The State newspaper reported Thursday the players were given discounts lower than those available to the public, which could be considered an extra benefit in violation of NCAA rules.

Players received a rate of $450 a month while school officials determined the cost should've been about $1,200 a month. The players were asked to pay the difference to the hotel. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier told the players last week to pay their bills and find other living arrangements.

Spurrier said Wednesday South Carolina would not dispute any penalties given out by the NCAA.

Suspended tight end Weslye Saunders has talked to the NCAA about his attendance at a party in Miami this past May.

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