USC's Official Statement On Donnings And Weaver

As we first reported yesterday here on, we are now bringing you the official release from the USC Sports Information Department as follows ...

Columbia, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Athletics Department announced Wednesday afternoon that it is withholding from competition senior wide receiver Chavez Donnings for the first two football games of the season and senior placekicker Daniel Weaver for the first game of the season. This action is being taken as a result of the athletics department determining that the eligibility of both of these student-athletes could potentially be in question.

The action involving Donnings is an amendment to an earlier NCAA self-report that the athletics department had submitted to the Southeastern Conference in September, 2001. That report acknowledged that Donnings had received tutoring arranged by the University prior to his enrollment at USC while attending summer school at a local technical college. Donnings participated in the first two games of the 2001 season prior to the filing of this self-report. Thus, this action is now being taken with Donnings for the first two games of this season.

Weaver is being withheld from competition pending final review of an academic eligibility issue related to his participation during the 2002 season.

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