File this under News I Didn’t Expect To Hear Today: outfielder Graham Saiko is no longer a member of the Gamecocks baseball team.
Apparently he violated team rules (Why can we never find out what rules kids broke? I AM NOSY AND I WANT DETAILS.) and coach Chad Holbrook removed Saiko from the team. He will stay at South Carolina as a student, though.
Holbrook had this to say in a statement released this afternoon:
“Graham is a terrific young man that has done great things both on the field and in the classroom. At this time, Graham and I have mutually agreed that it is in his best interest to focus his attention on obtaining his degree from the University of South Carolina. We certainly appreciate all Graham has given to our baseball program.”
The senior outfielder started in 56 out of 63 games last year and batted .263 with two homers and 29 RBIs. He was also second on the team in walks (41) and stolen bases (12).
Saiko is the second outfielder to leave the team, with TJ Costen transferring to USC Aiken over the summer. The Yardcocks begin fall practice this Friday.