Charleston Southern will be extremely short-handed when it takes on Florida State this Saturday.
Thursday night, it was revealed by Charleston Southern running back Ben Robinson that approximately 30 football players on his team would be suspended for spending scholarship money on school supplies other than books - which is an NCAA violation.
Friday, the school revealed punishments for the transgression. Fourteen of the 32 suspensions will come this Saturday when the team takes on Florida State. Sixteen will come next week. Two will be served "at a later date."
Charleston Southern University will withhold 14 players from Saturday's football game at Florida State. CSU self-reported to the NCAA financial aid violations related to book purchases. In total, 32 football players must serve a one-game suspension. Sixteen student-athletes suspensions were staggered over the first two weeks of the season and two additional players will serve their suspensions at a later date.
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.
CSU is continuing an internal review of possible NCAA rules violations within the athletics program. The university is working with the NCAA, the Big South Conference and an outside consultant during this process.
Charleston Southern was likely already going to have a tough time against Florida State. It just got a lot harder.