Victor Hampton never was completely removed from South Carolina’s football team, and he’s not completely back now, coach Steve Spurrier said Thursday.
The redshirt freshman cornerback from Darlington will remain in limbo until at least the first week of July, when the university’s second summer session begins.
“If he does some things between now and second summer school semester, I am going to give him another chance to see if he can change his attitude and be a productive member of society,” Spurrier said.
Jamie Speronis, the Gamecocks’ director of football operations, called Hampton into his office Friday and had him sign a scholarship non-renewal notice, Spurrier said. Teams are required to notify players by July 1 if their scholarship will not be renewed. That did not mean, in Spurrier’s mind, that Hampton had no chance to return.
“He wasn’t really booted off the team completely even though he said he was,” Spurrier said. “First of all, I don’t know that he has done enough to have all the headlines he’s been having lately. But we had a little talk. He’s got to do some things between now and the second semester of summer school, and, if he does what we ask him to do and has a change of attitude, we’re going to give him another chance. He’s not completely reinstated; he’s sort of a wait-and-see guy.”
Hampton came to South Carolina with a checkered past, having attended four high schools. He redshirted last season and missed the first two days of spring practice due to what Spurrier called “academic issues.”
Spurrier was surprised Hampton’s status has received the attention it has.
“If he becomes an All-SEC player and quits or gets kicked off or something, then, to me, that would be a story, but he’s just a freshman that hasn’t played a down yet,” Spurrier said. “I don’t even think it’s worth commenting on personally.”
Spurrier also addressed the status of DeVonte Holloman, who was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with DUI. Holloman is serving an indefinite suspension, per athletics department policy.
“He’ll meet with the athletic director, and we’ll go from there,” Spurrier said.
Holloman was stopped at a driver-safety checkpoint at the intersection of Bluff Road and George Rogers Boulevard at 1:48 Saturday morning and registered a blood alcohol content of .18, according to a ticket provided by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
There’s no guarantee Holloman will miss any games due to the arrest, but it is a possibility, Spurrier said.
“This is his first issue of any kind,” Spurrier said. “You can’t excuse it, but I think we all understand how that can happen sometimes, but that’s no excuse. He shouldn’t have been driving. Hopefully, he’ll learn from it.”