I guess this is why Steve Spurrier was being so vague when he announced last night that senior tight end Weslye Saunders had been suspended for a “violation of team rules”. Travis Haney of the Charleston Post and Courier is reporting that Saunders was suspended for lying to the coaching staff about why he was late to practice on Saturday.
Here is the kicker: according to Haney, Saunders actually tried to use the NCAA investigation as an excuse to bail on team obligations.
Saunders, a senior, missed multiple team meetings Saturday morning, the sources said. He appeared at the stadium some time before the team’s scheduled scrimmage, which began a little after 10 a.m.
Later, when coaches asked Saunders why he was tardy, Saunders told them it was because he was talking with NCAA officials. A quick check with the school’s compliance office showed that Saunders wasn’t telling the truth.
USC has been in close contact with the NCAA about the interviews it has conducted, on campus, with Saunders and other players.
Last night Spurrier didn’t elaborate on the reasoning but if you listen close he did seem to hint that it wasn’t related to the NCAA investigation of Saunders.
Spurrier’s Monday comments on Saunders
This is so stupid that I honestly wouldn’t believe it if it weren’t true. It really would be hard to make up something like this. Parlaying an NCAA investigation into your selfish actions into another selfish action is pretty darn scandalous.
This stunt ranks pretty high on the rapidly expanding playlist of dopey Wesley Saunders decisions.