Weslye Saunders Dismissed From South Carolina After Suspension
Saunders, a 6-foot-6 senior from Durham, N.C., had been indefinitely suspended by Spurrier in August for an unspecified violation of team rules. Spurrier said at that time the suspension was not related to an NCAA investigation into Saunders' participation in a South Beach party.
Saunders, who caught 32 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns last season, appeared on a local radio show in late August to explain his situation, apparently against the wishes of Spurrier and the school.
Saunders reportedly owed $5,000 in overdue rent to an area hotel, but the newspaper reported that he took out a loan and repaid the debt.
"Coach (Steve) Spurrier and me are on good terms," said Saunders on the radio show. "We did have a misunderstanding, but that's all cleared up now. I could not have more respect for Steve Spurrier or for (athletic director) Eric Hyman. I understand that perception is reality. People will see what they want to from the outside, but what they see is not the case on the inside."