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Friday, September 10, 2010
NCAA clears two for South Carolina

By Joe Schad
ESPN.com

South Carolina starting left tackle Jarriel King has been cleared by the NCAA and could start Saturday against Georgia. Earlier Friday, starting cornerback Chris Culliver was cleared. Both players missed the season opener.

Tight end Weslye Saunders has not been cleared and is not expected to play in the near future.

Saunders was the starting tight end entering fall, a 6-foot-6 senior considered a potential first-rounder in next spring's NFL draft. However, he was questioned by the NCAA in connection with possible contact with agents and his attendance at a South Beach party earlier this year. There have been similar investigations at Alabama and North Carolina also linked to the party.

Saunders and King were among several players head coach Steve Spurrier asked to move out of a local hotel amid allegations of cheaper rates than available to the public, although the NCAA has not detailed the scope of its inquiry.

The NCAA investigated who paid for an insurance policy taken out by Culliver.

Spurrier said on his radio show Thursday night he could not address NCAA issues, although the investigation has "nothing to do with anything coaches did. It was some other areas, I believe, so we'll let it play its way out."

Spurrier said the Gamecocks were fully focused on Georgia. "That's all I am concerned about, that's all the players are concerned about."

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.