TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Charleston Southern has suspended 13 players, including 10 starters for Saturday’s game against No. 3 Florida State for NCAA violations.
The players were suspended for spending scholarship money allocated for books on other items, the school announced Friday. Sources told ESPN.com among the purchases that violated NCAA rules were food and headphones. Charleston Southern self-reported the financial aid violations to the NCAA.
Charleston Southern coach: ‘We’ll be fine’ at FSU
Charleston Southern football coach Jamey Chadwell said Friday that his team will “be fine” and will have a full travel squad available for Saturday’s game against No. 3 Florida State.
Charleston Southern to suspend players vs. FSU
Charleston Southern will suspend an undetermined number of players for Saturday’s game against the Seminoles for spending scholarship money allocated for books on other items, a source told ESPN.
The suspensions among the starters include two running backs, a wide receiver, four offensive linemen, two safeties and a defensive tackle.
A Charleston Southern spokesman declined to name the suspended players.
Defensive back D.J. Curl was reinstated for Saturday’s game after the NCAA cleared him. He flew into Tallahassee for the game Saturday morning.
“Obviously, we’re missing some people that are some good players for us,” Buccaneers coach Jamey Chadwell told local television station WCIV before boarding a team bus Friday. “The guys that we’re taking down there played and have helped us win before. There’s going to be some new guys. Obviously it’s not the situation you want to go in with a No. 3 or 4 team in the country. … We’ll go in there and play. I think we’ll be fine.”
A total of 31 Charleston Southern players will have served one-game suspensions for NCAA violations. Two players have yet to serve their suspension, and a Charleston Southern spokesman said the school is working with the NCAA on deciding which game the final two will miss.
Under NCAA rules, student-athletes may purchase books and school supplies with the financial aid provided to them to purchase books. Other items cannot be covered by that financial aid.
Florida State paid Charleston Southern $475,000 for the game.