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Charleston Southern, already outmanned, to play shorthanded

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No one ever thought that Charleston Southern had more than a long shot of beating Florida State.

Well, that shot just got longer.

Charleston Southern admitted it has suspended several players for Saturday’s game. At one point, the estimate was 30-plus players, although now that figure is in the teens. The school says it has suspended 32, although 16 will sit out the FSU game.

Either way, the difference between most major schools and the powerhouses is depth. The question is whether Southern can stay close.

Southern’s players were suspended for using their book money to buy other items, such as pencils, say the players.

“We’ll go in there and play,” Southern coach Jamey Chadwell said. “I think we’ll be fine.”

Charleston Southern will receive $475,000 for the game.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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