COLUMBIA - South Carolina senior cornerback Chris Culliver was cleared Thursday evening and will be available to play Saturday against No. 22 Georgia, multiple sources said.
The NCAA was investigating an insurance policy Culliver took out to protect his draft status in the event of an injury. Specifically, it was looking into who was paying for the policy.
Culliver couldn't provide the proper paperwork in time to be cleared for last Thursday's opener against Southern Miss.
Culliver indicated earlier in the week, on his Facebook page, that he would play against the Bulldogs. Also, coach Steve Spurrier seemed hopeful about Culliver during his Tuesday news conference.
The school still hasn't heard officially about the status of left tackle Jarriel King, but there's a feeling he will again be held out while the NCAA continues to look into his involvement with The Whitney Hotel.
While others were cleared in the hotel matter, the NCAA is determining if King still owes any overdue rent.
Kyle Nunn started in place of King last week and, according to Spurrier, played rather well.
The NCAA ruled Wednesday that Georgia receiver A.J. Green would have to miss the next three games as part of a four-game suspension for selling a game-worn jersey to an agent.
Green's loss is a tough one for the Bulldogs, especially now that Culliver will be back in the USC secondary. In his final season with the Gamecocks, Culliver is transitioning from field safety to cornerback.