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Charleston Southern confirms 14 players suspended for FSU game


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.”

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.

Dick MacPherson’s grandson one of six added to Sean Lewis’ first Kent State staff

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Sean Lewis‘ first staff at Kent State will come armed with a famous coaching surname.

The football program announced Monday that Lewis has hired a total of six new assistants. One of the coaching sextet is Mackey MacPherson, the grandson of former Syracuse head coach Dick MacPherson.

The younger MacPherson will coach the Golden Flashes running backs after spending the past two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant with the Orange.  Both Lewis and MacPherson were on Dino Babers‘ staff at the ‘Cuse.

The other full-time assistant hired by Lewis are as follows:

Zac Barton — special teams coordinator
Brian Cochran — defensive line
Jon Cooley — safeties coach
Matt Middleton — wide receivers coach
Bill O’Boyle — offensive line

Nearly two weeks ago, Lewis announced the hiring of his coordinators on both sides of the ball.

Western Kentucky’s Joel Iyiegbuniwe declares early for draft

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There’s a new leader in the clubhouse for “Early Entrant With the Most Vowels in his Surname.”

On his personal Twitter account over the weekend, Joel Iyiegbuniwe announced that he is leaving Western Kentucky early and making himself available for the April NFL draft. The linebacker, a native of Bowling Green, Kent., stated that he came to his decision “[a]fter much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, coaches and advisors.”

This past season, Iyiegbuniwe led the Hilltoppers in tackles with 117, tackles for loss with 11.5 and forced fumbles with three. He was named first-team All-Conference USA following the regular season.

Including last season, Iyiegbuniwe had started 27 straight games at outside linebacker for the Hilltoppers.

Today is the deadline for draft-eligible players to inform the NFL of their intentions.

Kent State announces signing of ex-Auburn QB Woody Barrett

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One day after Woody Barrett announced that he has found a new college football home, the school has confirmed as much.

Kent State sent out a press release Monday evening acknowledging that Barrett has signed with the football program. After spending the 2017 season at a Mississippi junior college, the quarterback will be eligible to play immediately in 2018.

Counting this coming season, Barrett will have three years of eligibility remaining.

“We’re excited about Woody’s potential, his ability and his raw tools both throwing and running the football,” new Golden Flashes head coach Sean Lewis said in a statement. “And we’re excited to have him on campus to be training with our team as we get ready for spring ball.”

A four-star member of Auburn’s 2016 recruiting class, Barrett was rated as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country that cycle. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, then opted to transfer from the Tigers in May of last year, ultimately ending up at the JUCO level.

At Copiah-Lincoln Community College this past season, Barrett passed for 1,294 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games, adding another 485 and six on the ground.

Michigan confirms hiring of Sherrone Moore as TEs coach

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One hole on Jim Harbaugh‘s coaching staff has been filled.

The football program confirmed Monday that Sherrone Moore has been hired and will serve as Harbaugh’s tight ends coach. Moore will replace Greg Frey, who moved on to a job on Willie Taggart‘s staff at Florida State.

The 31-year-old Moore — he’ll turn 32 in early February — spent the past four seasons coaching tight ends at Central Michigan. This past season, he added the title of assistant head coach as well as taking over as the MAC program’s recruiting coordinator.

Moore began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Louisville from 2009-12. He was promoted to tight ends coach in 2012, spending that season as well as 2013 in that role.