14 Charleston Southern players suspended for FSU game

Charleston Southern, already a 37.5-point underdog to Florida State Saturday in Tallahassee, will take on the Seminoles with 14 players suspended due to a violation of NCAA rules.

Buccaneers wide receiver Colton Korn said in a Facebook post that the suspensions of 30-plus players -- FCS teams have 85 scholarships split among 63 athletes -- stem from them using book money on nonbook supplies at the bookstore, which resulted in a violation of NCAA rules. Some of those players served their one-game suspensions in last week's opening game.





Running back Ben Robinson said he and more than 30 of his teammates were told of their suspensions on Thursday and given the choice to either sit out the Florida State game or their conference game the following week.

And though the number of players suspended for the FSU game - 14 - was less than initially feared, CSU players didn't take well to how the school handled the issue.

Offensive lineman Frank Cirone said the entire offensive line was among those suspended. He also had harsh words for Charleston Southern administration, saying the suspensions were avoidable had the school taken the proper steps to ensure the players were informed.
"It is unfortunate Charleston Southern University 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 of been avoided if the necessary steps were taken by Charleston Southern," he said.

Korn shared a similar sentiment: "I'm bewildered at the lack of respect that the university is showing us athletes and student body as a whole. ... Nobody is going to want to come to a 'university' where students and athletes alike are treated lesser than every other college student."

The school has not confirmed any suspensions for the Florida State game, but if these players' statements are true, it's going to make for an extremely lopsided affair.

As for players picking the game they have to sit out, the obvious choice would be the Florida State game. Despite having the obvious opportunity to play at Doak Campbell Stadium, the nonconference affair is far less important to the Buccaneers' season than their opening league game the following week.

It's an unfortunate circumstance for the players if their story is true, as it would appear to be an honest mistake that led to a large number of players having to miss one of the few games in their season simply because they were never made aware of the NCAA rule.

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