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Report: South Carolina Junior WR Shaq Roland Has Left The Gamecocks' Program

Update: Steve Spurrier has made the news official. Wide receiver Shaq Roland is no longer with the South Carolina football program. 

">December 23, 2014

Earlier: South Carolina will be without one of its most talented wide receivers when it faces Miami in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl. 

Gameocks' junior wide receiver Shaq Roland has departed from the South Carolina program, according to a report by 247 Sports. 

Roland, who caught 26 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns this season, did not attend South Carolina's last two practices or meetings, and did not make the trip with the team to Shreveport, La., per 247 Sports' report

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Gamecocks WR Shaq Roland is no longer with the program (FREE) http://t.co/QSYNoPoujV via @247Sports

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">December 23, 2014

From the report:

Roland, who was left at home when the team traveled to Kentucky earlier this season, made the decision to quit the team and was not dismissed from the program.

The departure seems to signal an end for Roland, who has been contemplating a jump to the NFL following the season. He has one more year of eligibility remaining and could elect to transfer down a level and play immediately if he doesn’t declare for the NFL Draft.

Roland, a 6-foot-1, 178-pound wideout, is a former four-star recruit. He came to Columbia, S.C. with very high expectations, but his best season came in 2013, when he caught a modest 25 passes for 455 yards. 

Steve Spurrier is set to speak to the media this afternoon, during which he will likely confirm the Roland news. 

South Carolina and Miami are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. Dec. 27. The game will be televised on ABC.

[247 Sports]