NCAA interviews South Carolina’s Saunders in probe

The NCAA’s probe into the North Carolina football team now involves South Carolina’s Weslye Saunders, one of the nation's best tight end prospects.

The Gamecock reportedly was interviewed last week in Columbia by an NCAA investigator in connection with the ongoing probe of Tar Heels players and agent activity.

Saunders, a 6-6, 273-pound senior from Durham, N.C., is friends with several members of the UNC team — including defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who is at the center of the investigation. The tight end spent time with Austin in South Florida this spring and the NCAA is curious as to who paid for the hotel and travel costs, as well as which agents they may have met with on the trip.

When contacted by The State newspaper on Sunday and asked if he did anything wrong, Saunders said: “I can’t say anything right now.”

Saunders considered entering the NFL Draft after his junior season but surprised Gamecocks coaches and fans by returning for his senior season. He was suspended from the team for a week in January because of attitude problems and failing to attend the first team meeting of the spring semester.

He was the Gamecocks’ third-leading receiver with 32 receptions for 353 yards and three touchdowns in 2009.

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