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Court rejects ex-Gamecock's appeal

A federal appeals court has denied the appeal of former South Carolina football player Moe Thompson, who unsuccessfully sued USC two years ago.

In an unpublished opinion last week, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling by Judge Cameron M. Currie, who dismissed Thompson’s suit in October 2007.

Thompson, a defensive end who played for the Gamecocks from 2002-04, claimed USC officials thwarted his transfer attempts after he was suspended from the university following his arrest on burglary charges in 2005.

He also said USC failed to provide him accommodations for a learning disorder after he enrolled. Thompson had sought $300,000 in damages.

Thompson was on probation for less than three years for the dormitory thefts. Court officials agreed last year agreed to end Thompson’s five-year probation early so he could pursue a professional career in Canada.