Holy mackeral, now South Carolina could face losing punter Spencer Lanning for its Outback Bowl game against Iowa.
Lanning is in a strange academic situation. He had had two B’s, a C and a D this semester. But the D was not considered a passing grade because it was in a major course in his economic major.
Lanning has handled every one of USC’s punts this season. He averages 42 yards per kick, and 13 of his 46 punts landed inside the 20-yard line. So the Gamecocks need him.
His case is under appeal, as is the academic status of middle linebacker Dustin Lindsey.
Lindsey is a fifth-year senior who flunked out of USC three years ago after the Gamecocks played in the Independence Bowl.
Starting safety Emanuel Cook and reserve offensive lineman Kyle Nunn have already been ruled academically ineligible for the game. Neither passed the six credit hours this semester to be eligible by the NCAA for a bowl.