COLUMBIA -- The NCAA interviewed South Carolina football players last week about their residency at a Columbia hotel -- an arrangement that apparently will end soon.

At least three players have been staying at Whitney Hotel in the Shandon area for several months, and NCAA investigators are trying to determine whether they received a cheaper rate than what is available to the general public. If so, that could constitute an extra benefit.

Tight end Weslye Saunders, who remains at the center of an NCAA investigation into potentially illegal contact with an agent, is one of three known players with rooms at the Whitney. Offensive tackle Jarriel King and defensive tackle Travian Robertson are the others.

An athletic department official told at least one of the players to move out of the hotel, according to a source close to the situation.

USC coach Steve Spurrier said Saturday he did not ask players to leave but indicated some might be checking out of the hotel. "Maybe some (left), maybe not. Some stayed, some go," he said.

After he was named the coach at USC and before he and his wife bought a home in the area, Spurrier spent a couple of months at the Whitney, where long-term room rates go for $57 a night.


Junior wide receiver Gene McCaskill will miss the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a Saturday scrimmage, coach Joker Phillips announced. McCaskill was third on Kentucky's depth chart and was expected to provide depth to an already-deep receiving corps.