While saying no ruling had been handed down by the NCAA, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier sounded optimistic Tuesday that cornerback Chris Culliver would be able to play this Saturday against Georgia.
He said the Gamecocks were preparing that way.
“I think he’s going to play, but we don’t know for sure,” said Spurrier, adding that there’s also no word yet on offensive tackle Jarriel King.
Both players were held out of the opener because of separate NCAA matters.
Meanwhile, Georgia coach Mark Richt said Tuesday that he does expect a ruling to be made on receiver A.J. Green prior to Saturday's game (ESPN2, noon ET). Green was held out of the Bulldogs' opener because of an ongoing NCAA investigation.
“I will be highly disappointed if we don’t hear something this week,” Richt said. “I think we will.”
The Gamecocks had as many as 12 players in limbo right up until an hour and a half before kickoff last Thursday against Southern Miss.
Obviously, that’s anything but ideal, but Spurrier said the Gamecocks are in no position to fight it.
“The NCAA runs college football,” Spurrier said. “You gotta have a sheriff. As coaches and administrators, we understand they have a difficult job to do. We’ll just have to wait it out and see what happens.”