Report: Charleston Southern to suspend players vs. FSU for scholarship money misuse
Several Charleston Southern football players will be suspended for Saturday's game against third-ranked Florida State for spending scholarship money meant for books on other items, according to ESPN.
Charleston Southern senior running back Ben Robinson said on Facebook that nearly three dozen players won't be allowed to play. Charleston Southern officials have yet to comment on the matter.
"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," Robinson said.
Charleston Southern (1–1) an FCS school, lost to five-time FCS Champion North Dakota State 24-17 in their season opener before beating Division II Kentucky State 57-7 last Saturday.
Charleston Southern offensive lineman Frank Cirone says the entire offensive line will be suspended for the game added that the school "only cares about itself as an institution."
"The protection of its students/athletes should be a number one priority. This is the second time in two years I am ineligible to participate due [to] issues that could [have] been avoided if the necessary steps were taken by Charleston Southern," Cirone said.
Charleston Southern, ranked seventh in the FCS Coaches' Poll, is a five-touchdown underdog against Florida State.
- Scooby Axson