South Carolina's Cook ruled academically ineligible for bowl game

Updated: December 16, 2008, 8:09 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina safety Emanuel Cook has been declared academically ineligible for the team's upcoming bowl game.

Coach Steve Spurrier told reporters after practice on Tuesday that the junior from Riviera Beach, Fla., would not play in the Gamecocks' Outback Bowl matchup with Iowa.

Spurrier says Cook failed to pass the minimum six hours required by the NCAA to be eligible for a bowl game.

Cook has led South Carolina in tackles for the past two years, with 92 tackles ...

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