South Carolina ready to end preseason drama

“We really haven’t been distracted,” Spurrier said late last week. “Things happened all the time and some unforeseen things happened this year at preseason practice.”

The biggest has involved Saunders, a solid tight end considered a high NFL draft pick next spring. He has met with the NCAA about a party in Miami last May and was among those players living at the hotel.

Spurrier suspended him Aug. 23, two days after he led all South Carolina receivers during a scrimmage. The coach said Saunders’ suspension was not connected to NCAA issues or his hotel stay.