The NCAA's decision to suspend freshman wide receiver Damiere Byrd for four games has been upheld.
The Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement denied South Carolina's appeal, the university announced Saturday morning.
Byrd, who has missed the East Carollna and Georgia contests, will remain sidelined for today's game versus Navy and for next week's game against Vanderbilt before being reinstated for the Auburn game on Oct. 1.
He received improper benefits through his relationship with the Delaware-based Student Athlete Mentoring Foundation and was suspended four games by the NCAA.
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Byrd also will have to repay $2,700 in what the NCAA called “recruiting inducements and impermissible benefits” to regain his eligibility. The inducements and benefits were provided by a South Carolina booster and included lodging, transportation and meals during several unofficial visits to the school, according to the NCAA. They also included parties at the booster’s home and gift cards.