South Carolina will begin bowl practice Saturday minus two players.
Reserve receiver Chris Hail and seldom-used defensive tackle Donte'e Nicholls have been dismissed from the team for multiple violations of team rules, a source close to the program said Friday night.
The two players repeatedly missed classes and team activities, the source said.
Hail, a junior from Lovejoy, Ga., stayed in Steve Spurrier's doghouse for most of his USC career. He was suspended for the Arkansas game in November because of excessive absences.
Hail, who bounced from receiver to the secondary and back to offense, played primarily special teams this season. He recorded 11 tackles and had a blocked kick, but also dropped a throwback pass on a failed trick play at Florida that set up a Gators' touchdown.
Hail's three career receptions all came in a 2006 loss to Auburn.
Nicholls, a redshirt freshman from Pompano Beach, Fla., never saw the field at USC. He spent the majority of this season on what Spurrier dubbed the "academic reform team," a group of players who attended study sessions instead of practice.
Earlier this week, Spurrier said Nicholls would "have a hard time making it."
In another matter involving a USC player, campus police are investigating an incident involving backup offensive lineman Ryan Broadhead, who allegedly caused $300 in damages to a door at the dormitory where the majority of the players live.
A resident life coordinator at East Quad told police that housing officials had evidence of the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Broadhead damaging an interior door at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday at the south entrance to East Quad, according to an incident report.
USC media relations director Steve Fink said the coaching staff is aware of the incident, which is being handled internally.
No charges have been filed against Broadhead, a redshirt freshman from Cumming, Ga., whose playing experience consists of one snap this year against Alabama-Birmingham.
A university source said Broadhead has agreed to pay for the damages and is expected to go through the university's student judicial process.
Broadhead declined comment when reached by phone and referred questions to the sports information department.
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