Back from furlough trying to sort out the Akeem Auguste suspension …
After Steve Spurrier and Ellis Johnson indicated after the S.C. State game that Auguste’s suspension could last longer than three games, Spurrier said Monday it appears now it will be a three-game suspension.
“From what I understand, he’s missing the next two games,” Spurrier said. “And if he does what he’s supposed to, he’ll be reinstated.”
That would put Auguste, the Gamecocks’ starting field cornerback, back for the Oct. 24 home game against Vanderbilt.
From what I’ve been told, Auguste’s suspension is not related to academics. The sophomore from Florida was scheduled to appear Monday at a university judicial review of his disciplinary situation.
Coaches have not discussed the details of Auguste’s situation. But given the more definitive comments from Spurrier and defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward on Monday about a three-game hiatus, the review must have gone reasonably well
Auguste has a number of university-mandated stipulations he must comply with in order to be reinstated, according to a source. Quarterback Stephen Garcia and offensive lineman Heath Batchelor were subject to similar requirements following disciplinary issues.
In the meantime, sophomore C.C. Whitlock – who has had his own off-the-field problems – is expected to make his second consecutive start in place of Auguste against Kentucky.
Look for a story in Tuesday’s editions about Whitlock trying to make the most of the opportunity.