Tight End Goes From Suspended to Dismissal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina has dismissed tight end

Weslye Saunders from the football team.

Athletic director Eric Hyman said in a statement Wednesday that

Saunders was no longer part of the team. Hyman says he would make

no other comment.

Saunders, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound senior, has been at the center

of South Carolina’s NCAA problems this summer. He talked to NCAA

investigators about potential agent contact and was among several

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier encouraged to leave a local hotel

where they had stayed.

Saunders was suspended by Spurrier on Aug. 23 for violations the

coach has said were not connected to the NCAA probe. Saunders has

not been with the team since.