Sources: Chris Culliver, Jarriel King out

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina will be without two starters -- cornerback Chris Culliver and offensive tackle Jarriel King -- for Thursday night's opener against Southern Miss, sources confirmed to ESPN.com.

King had been one of the players linked to the Whitney Hotel investigation, but the issue with Culliver is a separate matter.

Sources said the remainder of the players that were a part of the Whitney Hotel investigation will be available to play Thursday against the Golden Eagles.

Senior tight end Weslye Saunders will also sit out the game, but South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said earlier this week that his suspension was due to a violation of team rules. Saunders reportedly lied to coaches about why he was late to a preseason scrimmage.

Earlier this summer, Saunders was questioned by NCAA investigators about a trip he took to Miami and whether it was funded by agents.

South Carolina officials still haven't made an official announcement concerning the players' status for Thursday's game, but several of the players in question were already dressed and going through pregame warm-ups on the field.

NCAA investigators were on South Carolina's campus multiple times in recent weeks questioning players about their living arrangements at the Whitney Hotel. Spurrier asked all the players living at the hotel to move out more than a week ago and settle up their bill.

Chris Low is a college football writer for ESPN.com.