USC considering complaint about UF volleyball


Published: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 5:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 5:06 p.m.

University of South Carolina officials are considering filing a complaint to send to the SEC, detailing what they say was an attempt by Mary Wise's husband to send the Gamecocks' play signals to Florida players during the five-set UF victory in Columbia, S.C., last Wednesday.

South Carolina officials claimed they saw Mark Wise, also UF's radio color commentator for men's basketball, making hand signals toward Florida players.

Mark Wise, who was sitting in the stands behind one of the court's service lines, was asked to move to the opposite end, closer to the Florida bench. He opted instead to leave the arena to remove any possible conflict.

"This is an embarrassment for the Wise family and Florida volleyball," Mary Wise said Monday. "What Mark was guilty of was being an overzealous fan and trying to involve himself in the match. What he's not guilty of was stealing signals from their bench.

"Mark was trying to involve himself, like when our team needed a block he would (motion with his hands for a block). When he should have been sitting on his hands, he was showing (hand motions like) blocking a ball or 'Go set Kelly Murphy.' He was just being too emotional that way, but never, ever would he steal signals."

Mark Wise declined to comment on the allegations.

The SEC and NCAA have no rule in place outlawing the stealing of signals, unless an electronic device is used to transmit the information, according to the league's Associate Commissioner, Debbie Corum. However, the league does have a set of sportsmanship rules in place that can be enforced if it is deemed that there was wrongdoing.

Mary Wise spoke by phone after the match with South Carolina coach Ben Somera. They discussed the allegations, and Mary Wise gave her side of the story.

"He said that he's good with what I had to say, and he said that he's ready to move on," she said.

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