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 COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -The University of South Carolina clarified guidelines for special admissions Tuesday, about two months after football coach Steve Spurrier threatened to leave if something wasn't changed.
Spurrier was embarrassed and angry in August when two incoming prospects, receiver Michael Bowman and defensive back Arkee Smith, were told they could not enroll after the coach told them they would get in. Both high school students had met NCAA requirements.
Spurrier said then if things didn't change, ``then I have to go somewhere else, because I can't tell the young man that he's coming to school here,'' then not have him admitted.
The policy detailed Tuesday by the school makes clear the criteria it would take for those needing special admission from the university president to enroll. It would also give South Carolina coaches earlier predictions about a prospect's academic success at the school, university Provost Mark Becker said.
``The key goal here was to provide clear, more straight forward guidance,'' Becker said.
University President Andrew Sorensen agreed to the revamped guidelines last week, the provost said.
Athletic director Eric Hyman briefed most of his coaches about the new policy, which he said had been worked on for nearly a year prior to Spurrier's angry words.
On Tuesday, when asked about the reworked guidelines, Spurrier said, ``Yeah, we can live with that.''
South Carolina has about 100 special admissions approved by the president each year, about half of them going to athletics, Becker said.
The previous procedure was clunky at times with a committee meeting several times to debate a candidate's worthiness based different standards.
Becker said the new guidelines take away a lot of the guesswork for South Carolina coaches.
First-year candidates will be required to have at least a 2.0 high-school GPA and a 710 on the SAT (or equivalent ACT score of 15) before their applications can even be considered.
Becker said an overwhelming majority of all special admissions are above those requirements.
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