Fourteen football players for Charleston Southern have been suspended for the school's game against No. 3 Florida State on Saturday.
The punishments announced by the school Friday are part of NCAA violations involving 32 players in the program related to book purchases. Each player is serving a one-game suspension with the school staggering the penalties across multiple games. During Charleston Southern's first two games,16 players serve their punishment. Two additional players will serve their suspensions at a later date.
The Buccaneers, ranked No. 7 in the Football Championship Subdivision coaches poll, lost to North Dakota State 24-17 in overtime on Aug. 27 and beat Kentucky State 57-7 last Saturday.
In a separate Facebook posts Thursday, Charleston Southern running back Ben Robinson and wide receiver Colton Korn said the suspensions are a result of players using book money on non-book supplies at the bookstore, which resulted in a violation of NCAA rules.
Robinson explained the suspension:
“So basically about 30+ players on my team including me have been suspended for using book money to buy other things in the book store like pencils, binders, and electronics, out of our school bookstore. We would have left over book money and the workers in the bookstore advised us to spend the money because we would not get it back, so we did. Now the school and NCAA are saying that is against the rules. So we all have to pay a fine and sit out a game. About 30mins before practice started I was given the option of sitting out this week against FSU or next game against a conference opponent.”
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