Florida State strength and conditioning coach Vic Viloria has been suspended without pay for more than one-third of the Seminoles’ season following his Saturday arrest on DUI and property damage charges.
University president John Thrasher suspended Viloria for 30 days, which will cover five games. He can return Oct. 2.
“I have suspended Coach Viloria for more than a third of the football season to send a strong message about the very serious nature of his offense,” Thrasher said. “We have an outstanding athletics program, and fans must know it operates with class and reflects the university’s values.”
Viloria was arrested on DUI charges early Saturday morning with blood-alcohol levels of .124 and .125. The legal limit is .08.
He will miss games against No. 11 Ole Miss, Charleston Southern, No. 19 Louisville, South Florida and No. 22 North Carolina. He will be able to return for the Oct. 8 road game at Miami.
In Viloria’s written statement to the school, he said he was drinking whiskey with members of the Showtime video crew, which is filming the No. 4 Seminoles for “A Season With Florida State Football.” He said the crew gave him a bottle of whiskey to celebrate the end of preseason camp and — at around 10 p.m. Friday — two or three Showtime employees began drinking in his office.
Viloria said he decided it was inappropriate to drink in the office where they could be seen, so they moved to a “Showtime” trailer.
Showtime was not immediately available for comment.
“We are continuing to work with Showtime on their fall series showcasing our talented team, and they have been responsive to our concerns,” Thrasher said.
According to the Tallahassee Police report, Viloria was seen “passed out” behind the wheel of his truck at a traffic light. When awakened by a police officer, Viloria claimed he was coming from work where he had consumed “multiple alcoholic drinks” and had “three “big” drinks while in his office.
In a letter to Viloria, the university stated his actions were a “gross violation of the University’s standards for employee conduct and expectations of your position. … Your behavior represents a clear and direct contradiction to the University’s focus on building character, social responsibility, and strong decision making skills within our student-athletes.”
Viloria has the right to appeal to an arbitrator.