Culliver, King out for Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It could have been worse for South Carolina, and at one point Thursday, it looked like the Gamecocks might have to sit several players for their opener against Southern Miss.

But when all the smoke cleared after a frenetic 24 hours, starting cornerback Chris Culliver and starting offensive tackle Jarriel King were the two players kept out of the game.

Culliver was a surprise, because he wasn’t one of the players linked to the Whitney Hotel investigation. King, however, was one of the players living at the hotel before South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told everybody to move out.

As many as 10 players were staying at the Whitney Hotel, and there was real concern that a large chunk of those players might be required by the NCAA to miss this game.

With King out, the Gamecocks are expected to start junior Kyle Nunn at left tackle. Junior C.C. Whitlock is expected to step in for Culliver at cornerback.

Ironically, Whitlock was one of the players tied to the Whitney Hotel probe that was thought to be most at risk as far as missing the game.