In the end, it appears it’ll only be half as bad for Charleston Southern as originally thought.
On social media last night, CSU running back Ben Robinson kicked up quite the kerfuffle by revealing that “30+” Buccaneers will be suspended for the Florida State game Saturday. According to Robinson, the suspensions stem from scholarship money that was supposed to be spent on books instead being used “to buy other things in the book store like pencils, binders, and electronics.”
CSU officials had subsequently declined to discuss the development, although head coach Jayme Chadwell did confirm in an interview with Scott Eisberg of WCIV-TV that “some good players for us” will be left home for the FSU game. In a tweet that contained video of the interview, Eisberg described the number as “14 or 15 key players.”
Sports4 Raw Interview w/Jamey Chadwell as Charleston Southern loads bus for FSU- minus 14 or 15 key players. pic.twitter.com/lHFnevBfTv
— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) September 9, 2016
The coach, who didn’t use the word “suspension” during the portion of the interview that was tweeted, did allow that his FCS team will be bringing a full travel squad to Tallahassee, albeit without a handful of starters.
“Obviously, we’re missing some people that are some good players for us,” Chadwell told Eisberg. “But we have some capable guys going down that we feel good about that will go down and represent us well.”
As CSU will be paid nearly $500,000 for the game, there was almost no chance that the team would forfeit even when the number was upwards of 30.
UPDATED 3:23 p.m. ET: Charleston Southern has confirmed in a press release that 14 players have been suspended for the FSU game because of what the school described as “financial aid violations related to book purchases.”
“Under NCAA rules, student-athletes may purchase books and school supplies with the financial aid provided to them to purchase other books,” the school’s release stated. “Other items cannot be covered by financial aid.”
All told, 32 football players will serve one-game suspensions. According to CSU, 16 suspensions were spread over the first two weeks of the 2016 season — the Buccaneers will be playing their third game this weekend — while two additional players will serve their suspensions at a later date.