South Carolina receives official word of NCAA probe

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina has been notified by the NCAA that the Gamecocks football program is being investigated.

Athletic department spokesman Steve Fink said Thursday the school has received an official letter of inquiry from the NCAA.

The letter does not detail the subject of any investigation.

South Carolina was hoping offensive lineman Jarriel King and cornerback Chris Culliver would be cleared by the governing body for Saturday's game against Georgia. The players were sidelined for the team's win against Southern Mississippi last week as the NCAA reviewed their eligibility.

Tight end Weslye Saunders talked to the NCAA over the summer about potential contact with agents. He has been suspended since Aug. 23 but coach Steve Spurrier says it's not related to any NCAA probe.

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