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USC players will not press charges in brawl

The Grand Market Place at USC's Russell House after Thursday's altercation
The Grand Market Place at USC's Russell House after Thursday's altercation

The five USC football players involved in Thursday’s lunchtime brawl at the Russell House have declined to press charges against the non-students they fought in the food court of the student union.

USC spokesman Russ McKinney said the players — defensive backs Akeem Auguste and Antonio Allen, receiver C.C. Whitlock, offensive lineman Terrence Campbell and defensive lineman Melvin Ingram — signed statements indicating they did not want to pursue criminal charges against their two combatants, who were not identified in the incident report.

The players, who were listed as victims in the report, are not expected to face punishment.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Thursday he planned to let USC’s police and administration handle the situation. On Friday, USC athletics director Eric Hyman said he thought Spurrier’s comments were appropriate.

“It appears, like somebody said, it was people from the outside coming in,” Hyman said. “They had a lot of witnesses to that effect.”

According to witnesses, two men, whom McKinney said were not USC students, entered the Russell House around 12:30 p.m. and started the fight, which resulted in a number of overturned tables and chairs.

McKinney said no one was injured during the brawl and there was no property damage at the Grand Market Place food court, located on Greene Street in the heart of campus.

The investigation is ongoing.

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