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The South Carolina football program has been placed on probation for one year and fined $10,000 after a Gamecocks assistant coach had an impermissible off-campus contact with a recruit back in 2018. Per ESPN:
According to an NCAA release, the unnamed assistant coach had impermissible off-campus contact with a recruit in May 2018. The coach also sent 13 text messages to the prospective student-athlete, who was a sophomore in high school at the time, from January 2018 to June 2018.
Sources told ESPN that the recruit is defensive lineman Demonte Capehart of IMG Academy, the No. 27 prospect in the 2020 ESPN 300, who committed to Clemson in June 2018.
The sources said the unnamed assistant coach is former USC defensive line coach Lance Thompson, who now works as Florida Atlantic's recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach. Thompson left the Gamecocks in January after three seasons.
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