Gamecocks report violations to the NCAA

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday July 7, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has reported 14 NCAA secondary violations from the past six months, including one for an improper text message to a recruit and another for "impermissible snacks."

Five of the violations were from the first-year program of men's basketball coach Darrin Horn.

The school's athletic department released details of the violations this week. It discloses secondary violations twice a year because of open records requests made by The Associated Press and other media outlets.

The NCAA rulebook defines secondary violations as "isolated or inadvertent by nature," that give only a minimal recruiting or competitive advantage and that don't involve significant inducements or extra benefits. For instance, South Carolina was cited because "student-athletes were provided impermissible snacks during away-from-home contests."

South Carolina compliance director Jennifer Stiles says the infraction arose from the NCAA-allowed choice of how to best feed a team in an all-day competions. Discretionary feeding allows coaches to give a per diem so athletes can eat when they want. If a coach chooses the traditional breakfast-lunch-dinner meal plan, inbetween snacking on the school's dime is unacceptable.

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