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South Carolina will be without its top defensive player when it takes on the University of Iowa in the Outback Bowl on January 1.

Strong safety Emmanuel Cook, a junior, has been declared academically ineligible according to The Gamecock student newspaper.

From their story:

“Right now, it appears that Emanuel Cook didn’t make it,” (head coach Steve) Spurrier said.


Cook led the Gamecocks this season with 87 tackles. He’ll be missed, assuming South Carolina actually decides to show up and play against the Hawkeyes.

Obviously if they decide not to show up (like they did against Florida and Clempsun), he won’t be missed.

Photo courtesy of Sideline Carolina.