[image-1]Several athletes from Charleston Southern University voiced their complaints online Thursday evening regarding a string of suspensions recently mounted against members of the school’s football team.
As reported by FSUNews.com, CSU running back Ben Robinson posted a comment on Facebook, saying players would be temporarily suspended from play for NCAA violations related to the use of scholarship funds designated for the purchase of textbooks in the school’s bookstore. According to Robinson, he was given the opportunity to sit out this Saturday’s game against Florida State University or an upcoming game against a conference opponent.
Regarding the alleged violations, Robinson wrote, “We would have leftover book money, and the workers in the bookstore advised us to spend the money because we wouldn’t get it back, so we did. Now the school and NCAA are saying that is against the rules. So we all have to pay a fine and sit out a game.”
The running back was not alone in voicing his disappointment regarding the recent suspensions. CSU wide receiver Colton Korn posted online that he and his fellow teammates were unaware that using excess funds to purchase additional items from the bookstore was an NCAA violation. Korn added that he was bewildered by the treatment received by his fellow student-athletes.
“I want to wish my brothers luck who are going into a hostile environment short handed,” he wrote. “As for CSU, there is a quote by Emily Dickinson: “Forever is composed of nows” … realize what you have or you are going to lose it.”
On Friday, CSU issued a statement clarifying reports of the suspensions, saying that 14 players will sit out Saturday’s game against 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-athlete suspensions were staggered over the first two weeks of the season and two additional players will serve their suspensions at a later date,” according to the school’s announcement. “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.”