Gamecocks to Report Violations

Two days after first reported that an assistant coach with the University of South Carolina football team broke NCAA recruiting rules, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier confirmed those violations Tuesday afternoon. reported late Sunday night that South Carolina defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix made inappropriate phone contact with recruit and Scotland County (N.C.) High defensive end Travian Robertson back in July.

Tuesday afternoon, Spurrier said an assistant coach did indeed break NCAA rules with phone calls to Robertson.

However, Spurrier said that it wasn't Nix. cited Nix as the coach after it was believed that the order of cell phone bills, which were obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, matched in order a list of assistant coaches, which was also provided by the university.

It appears Nix wasn't the assistant that made the calls. Nonetheless, a coach did and Spurrier declined to name the guilty party.

"It appears there may have been a coach, but it wasn't Tyrone Nix," Spurrier said. "But that coach will be reprimanded and taken off the road and not allowed to call for a certain amount of time."

Spurrier then went onto to say the incidents will be turned over to the NCAA.

"We turned ourselves in and we'll handle it appropriately," Spurrier said. "Hopefully, that will not happen again. Anybody who knows my track record knows that I don't go for breaking any of the rules, no matter how small.

"But it appears that one of our coaches has (committed violations), so he'll be punished accordingly." Top Stories