NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Southern football team will be without several players as it takes the field against Florida State, due to suspensions for NCAA violations, CBS Sports reports.
The school reported violations for improper use of book money on non-book items at the campus bookstore. Players were using the money to buy other items such as pencils, notebooks, electronics and clothes.
Multiple players shared the news Thursday evening on social media, after learning of their suspensions just prior to practice. Running back Ben Robinson posted that he and more than 30 teammates given the choice of sitting out the Florida State game or a conference game the following week.
Each of the players who posted the news Thursday admitted to purchasing items other than books, but claimed they were encouraged to do so by the bookstore employees.
In a Facebook post, Wide receiver Colton Korn wrote, "we are being punished for using excess book money to buy school supplies clothes and electronics from the book store after being advised to 'use it because it disappears if we don't,' not knowing that we were committing an NCAA violation."
Athletic director Hank Small addressed the issue with the media last week. He said the issue was brought to the University's attention through a compliance review.
"These are book scholarship items that have been going on a long, long time," Small said. "They just recently came to our view, so we are working everyday, late into the night to make sure every athlete that we play is eligible."
Charleston Southern plays #3 Florida State in Tallahassee on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.