Today, just days after Charleston Southern head football coach Mark Tucker resigned after two years with an 11-11 record, the football program — along with mens basketball and softball — found out from the NCAA it will have 18 wins and Big South championships stripped from the record books
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The Bucs football program will lose 18 victories spanning two seasons (2014-15), along with its 2015 Big South championship. This comes thanks to junior college transfers being allowed to play even while not eligible, and others being able to play despite not carrying the NCAA-mandated 12 credit hours in season. Both showed major issues within the compliance office, issues that new athletics director Jeff Barber has been hellbent on fixing since coming on board earlier this year.
Of secondary concern was an issue we talked about in October, that nearly three dozen football players used funds left on CSU issued debit cards to buy items at the school bookstore that weren't 'academics related' such as CSU T-shirts for Christmas, jewelry, etc. Former CSU players told HERO Sports off the record that sometimes there was as much as $300 left over after purchasing books and other school supplies, and when they asked school administrators about it, they were told "if you don't use it, it will just go to waste". Later, in 2016, the players who used these funds were required to sit out a game, and many missed the Florida State game — exactly the kind of game pro scouts ask for film on first.
Since 2016, most of the athletics department and even the school administration has seen turnover as the program tries to move on from these penalties and probation.
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