The NCAA is putting the blame on the USC compliance department for allowing several Gamecock football players to live in a downtown Columbia hotel. Several media outlets obtained hundreds of pages of documents pertaining to the NCAA investigation into the USC football program. In those documents the NCAA called USC’s evaluation of the living arrangements “flawed”.
From the State newspaper:
The National College Athletics Association contacted USC in August about the living arrangements and determined “the institution’s initial evaluation of those arrangements was flawed,” the documents obtained under the state’s open-records law show.
The NCAA said the hotel’s management and USC’S athletics department should not have compared the Whitney’s rate for the football players to local apartments. Instead, its investigators said, the comparison should have been the extended-rate charged other Whitney guests.
USC compliance director Jennifer Stiles singed off on the 450 dollar per month rate for the football players. That rate was for a two-bedroom suite.
The NCAA sent USC an official letter of inquiry last month and its investigation is still in progress.