Late Thursday night, it was reported that more than 30 Charleston Southern Buccaneers had been suspended for Saturday’s game against the Florida State Seminoles. While they won’t be losing that many players, the team has announced suspensions for the game.
The team officially announced that 32 players had been suspended for NCAA violations with 16 of them serving the one-game suspension over the first two weeks of the season. The violation stems from them using left over money allocated only for books on school supplies.
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— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) September 9, 2016
14 players will not play against the Seminoles this Saturday and two more players will serve a suspension at a later date.
Charleston Southern announces it has suspended 14 players for Saturday’s game vs. FSU
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 9, 2016
Multiple players took to their personal Facebook accounts and said that players had been suspended for this strange reason. They expressed their disappointment in the rule, which apparently had not been made clear to them.
One player, offensive lineman Frank Cirone, said that the entire starting offensive line had been suspended for the game against the Seminoles and possibly even more going forward. This certainly isn’t a good thing for the team as they look to make an impact in the FCS this year.
The Buccaneers were No. 6 in the STATS FCS Preseason Top 25 poll, their first preseason ranking in history, after they won the Big South Conference in 2015. They are 1-1 after a season-opening overtime loss to five-time defending national champion North Dakota State.
The Seminoles and Buccaneers face off at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. EST on ACC Network Extra.