Florida State figured to have an easy go of it in Week 2. Now, it appears the Seminoles will have a very easy time of it this weekend.
In a posting made to Facebook overnight, Charleston Southern running back Ben Robinson claimed that “30+” Buccaneers will be suspended for Saturday afternoon’s game against FSU. 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.”
Robinson added that the players were told by bookstore employees that they needed to spend any remaining money not used on books as they “would not get it back.”
From Charleston Southern running back Ben Robinson’s Facebook page. pic.twitter.com/mXpov7b4ec
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If the “30+” figure is accurate, that would mean head coach Jamey Chadwell‘s squad would be without nearly half its team as FCS rosters are capped at 63 scholarship players. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the Buccaneers were already down to their third-string quarterback.
Several Buccaneer players, along with others from other fall sports teams, had been suspended for one game last week for improper use of scholarship and book monies.
“The rules regarding scholarship and book money are explicit on what the monies can be spent on,” athletic director Hank Small said in a statement exactly a week ago today. “This is covered in our own student-athlete handbook. It only came to light recently that we may have some issues to clear up. We have to be sure there are no difficulties down the line in regards to having ineligible athletes participate.”
If Robinson’s account of the events that led to the suspension is accurate, kudos to the NCAA for being ever-vigilant when it comes to the scourge that is improperly purchasing pencils and binders and the like. Keep up the good fight, NCAA!