SEC re­mains fo­cused on ques­tion­able Mi­ami party

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

HOOVER, Ala. — A party on Mi­ami’s South Beach and sports agents were once again hot topics at the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence me­dia days, with South Carolina and Ge­or­gia tak­ing cen­ter stage on Thurs­day.

Game­cocks coach Steve Spurrier said tight end Wes­lye Saun­ders told him he did noth­ing wrong dur­ing his trip to South Beach; Ge­or­gia re­ceiver A.J. Green in­sisted he’s never even been to Mi­ami.

The party at Club Liv in the Fon­tainebleau ho­tel in May has been the sub­ject of in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the NCAA and sev­eral schools, in­clud­ing de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Alabama and North Carolina.

Saun­ders “went with sev­eral play­ers on a trip to Mi­ami,” Spurrier said Thurs­day. “I guess the ques­tion is, who paid for it? Who paid for what they did while they were there? When the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is fin­ished, I guess we’ll find out.”

Green, coach Mark Richt and the other Ge­or­gia play­ers were un­der NCAA in­struc­tions not to com­ment on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Alabama is look­ing into Mar­cell Dareus’ trip to the party around the time of his mother’s death on May 18. Crim­son Tide coach Nick Sa­ban wants the NFL and the NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion to pun­ish rogue agents with sus­pen­sions.

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