USC cornerback C.C. Whitlock has been reinstated to the team following his second suspension this year.
Athletics director Eric Hyman cleared Whitlock last week, but said it was up to Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier to reinstate Whitlock. Through a team spokesman Wednesday, Spurrier said Whitlock is back on the squad.
Whitlock still has some work to do academically to play this fall. Sources have said Whitlock needs As and Bs in his summer school classes to remain eligible.
Whitlock, a sophomore who played in nine games last season, was cleared last month on a trespassing charge stemming from an incident at a nightclub near his hometown of Chester.
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The trespassing arrest in May came days after Whitlock was reinstated from an academic-related suspension that forced him to miss most of spring practice. When he reinstated Whitlock the first time, Spurrier said he would be suspended for at least one game this season.
If he is academically eligible, Whitlock would provide much-needed depth to a secondary that lost three starters and a fourth, veteran player.
The Gamecocks' post-spring depth chart lists freshman Stephon Gilmore and sophomore Akeem Auguste as the starting corners, with walk-on Brandan Davis and junior Addison Williams the backups.
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