“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.