Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:05 PM by Associated Press
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -- The NCAA says South Carolina failed to monitor its athletic program and has accepted the school's proposed sanctions to cut six football scholarships the next three years and slash its official recruiting visits by more than half.
There were no forfeiture of games or bowl ban attached the penalties which stemmed from athletes receiving $59,000 in impermissible benefits. The NCAA said South Carolina's cooperation went "beyond standard expectations."
The school will also pay a fine of $18,500.
The case involved athletes staying at a local hotel near campus at a reduced rate and its connection to a mentoring group based in Delaware.
The school will reduce football scholarships by three in each of the next two years. The football program will reduce official visits from 56 to 30 in 2012-2013.
South Carolina is scheduled to host Missouri in the Tigers' first Southeastern Conference road game on September 22.