A curious thing is alleged to have happened five years ago when Scott Wingo joined roughly thirty other high school students in taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in Greenville, S.C.
According to a source who was in the room at the time – a source who went to high school with the future college baseball star – the person who took the test wasn’t Scott Wingo.
“It wasn’t him,” our source confirmed earlier this month during a lengthy telephone interview, adding that they “didn’t recognize the person” who allegedly took the test in Wingo’s place.
Wingo has not respond to numerous requests for comment over the last few weeks, although a spokesman for the University of South Carolina told FITS that the former Gamecock captain and College World Series hero has denied the report to school officials.
“We have spoken to the player in question,” USC spokesman Steve Fink said in a statement emailed to FITS earlier this month. “He has assured us that there is no truth to the allegation.”
We hope that’s true …
Last week, USC head coach Ray Tanner was questioned about the rumors by a local radio reporter.
“I don’t know enough about it. It has been mentioned to me but I haven’t done any research on it and I don’t know of anything I could say,” Tanner told reporter Kevin McCrarey of the SportsTalk radio network. “I don’t know enough about it. I’ve been told it’s not something I need to worry about right now so it would be inappropriate for me make any comments.”
Wingo – who was drafted earlier this year by the Los Angeles Dodgers – is already a Gamecock legend. His scrappy play almost singlehandedly carried USC to its game one victory over Florida in this year’s CWS, and Wingo won four games this year with walk-off hits – including a CWS victory over Texas A&M.
After the Gamecocks’ second College World Series championship, Tanner referred to Wingo as “the epitome of what our program is all about.”
FITS has spent the last two weeks collecting information for this story – and dodging the slings and arrows of outraged Gamecock fans, who fear that USC’s back-to-back national titles may be in jeopardy (or at least tainted) as a result of this allegation.
We’ve got much more to report on this bombshell, too, although at this time we’re withholding what we believe to be the real story associated with this allegation.
Later this week, though, we’ll have a story on how our investigation began (and evolved) and the drama associated with our source – whose identity we are withholding per the terms of a pending legal agreement (and for their personal well-being).
Stay tuned for much, much more …